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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·file /dɪˈfaɪ(ə)l, di-/
 (vt.)弄髒,汙損,敗壞(vi.)以縱隊前進隘路,狹谷

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·file v. i. [imp. & p. p. Defiled p. pr. & vb. n. Defiling.]  To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·file, v. t. Mil. Same as Defilade.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·file n.
 1. 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.
 2. Mil. The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior. See Defilade.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·file v. t.
 1. To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute.
    They that touch pitch will be defiled.   --Shak.
 2. To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.
    He is . . . among the greatest prelates of this age, however his character may be defiled by . . . dirty hands.   --Swift.
 3. To injure in purity of character; to corrupt.
    Defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt.   --Ezek. xx. 7.
 4. To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate; to rape.
    The husband murder'd and the wife defiled.   --Prior.
 5. To make ceremonially unclean; to pollute.
    That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile therewith.   --Lev. xxii. 8.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 defile
      n : a narrow pass (especially one between mountains) [syn: gorge]
      v 1: place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's
           reputation" [syn: sully, corrupt, taint, cloud]
      2: make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used
         metaphorically; "The silver was tarnished by the long
         exposure to the air"; "Her reputation was sullied after
         the affair with a married man" [syn: tarnish, stain, maculate,
          sully]
      3: spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river
         by emptying raw sewage into it" [syn: foul, befoul, maculate]