De*file"ment (?), n. [Cf. F. d'efilement. See Defile] Mil.

The protection of the interior walls of a fortification from an enfilading fire, as by covering them, or by a high parapet on the exposed side.


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De*file"ment, n. [From 3d Defile.]

The act of defiling, or state of being defiled, whether physically or morally; pollution; foulness; dirtiness; uncleanness.

Defilements of the flesh. Hopkins.

The chaste can not rake into such filth without danger of defilement. Addison.


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