defile definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • which will make filthy or dirty; pollute: defile a river with sewage.
    • To debase the pureness or superiority of; corrupt: a country landscape which was defiled by urban sprawl.
    • To profane or sully (a reputation, like).
    • to create unclean or unfit for ceremonial usage; desecrate: defile a temple.
    • To violate the chastity of.
    • just like defilade.
    • which will make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute.
    • To earth or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.
    • To injure in purity of personality; to corrupt.
    • To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate; to rape.
    • In order to make ceremonially unclean; to pollute.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To march in single-file or perhaps in files or articles.
    • To march down in a line, file by file; to register down.
  • noun:
    • A narrow gorge or pass that restricts horizontal action, at the time of troops.
    • A march in a line.
    • A narrow way or passageway, e.g. between mountains.
    • an individual file, such of troops.
    • Any slim passageway or gorge in which troops can march just in a file, or with a narrow front; a lengthy, thin pass between hills, rocks, etc.
    • The work of defilading a fortress, or of increasing the surface works so that you can protect the interior. See Defilade.
    • A narrow passageway in a mountain region; a gorge by which a body of soldiers or any other persons can pass in a file or narrow range.
    • A march by data.
    • Synonyms Gorge, Ravine, etc. See valley.
    • a narrow pass (especially one between mountains)
  • verb:
    • to help make impure; to produce dirty.
    • To march in a single file.
    • area, stain, or pollute
    • make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also made use of metaphorically
    • spot under suspicion or cast question upon
  • others:
    • to produce unclean, dirty, or impure; soil; befoul.
    • Figuratively, to sully or tarnish, as reputation, etc.
    • To make ceremonially unclean.
    • to conquer the chastity of; debauch; violate; deflower.
    • To taint, in a moral good sense; corrupt; vitiate; debauch; pollute.
    • Synonyms To contaminate, nasty, tarnish, dirty. See taint, v. t.
    • To march down in a line, or by files; file down.
    • In fortification, just like defilade.

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