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Definition of defile:

  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. Same as Defilade.
  3. The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior. See Defilade.
  4. To corrupt the chastity of; to debauch; to violate.
  5. To injure in purity of character; to corrupt.
  6. To make ceremonially unclean; to pollute.
  7. To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute.
  8. To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.
  9. To soil or sully; to tarnish, as reputation; to taint.


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