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Definition of Defile


  1. To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.
  2. Same as Defilade.
  3. Any narrow passage or gorge in which troops can march only in a file, or with a narrow front; a long, narrow pass between hills, rocks, etc.
  4. The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior. See Defilade.
  5. To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute.
  6. To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.
  7. To injure in purity of character; to corrupt.
  8. To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate.
  9. To make ceremonially unclean; to pollute.

Defile Translations

defile in Dutch is ontwijden, profaneren, ontheiligen
defile in German is defilieren
defile in Latin is maculo
defile in Spanish is desfiladero
defile in Swedish is orena, defilera