de·file /dɪˈfaɪ(ə)l, di-/
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.
De·file, v. t. Mil. Same as Defilade.
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.
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.
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,
3: spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river
by emptying raw sewage into it" [syn: foul, befoul, maculate]