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defile

noun (n)

  • a narrow pass (especially one between mountains) (noun.object)
    Synonym: gorge
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • place under suspicion or cast doubt upon (verb.contact)
    Synonym: cloud, corrupt, sully, taint
    source: wordnet30
  • make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • spot, stain, or pollute (verb.change)
    Synonym: befoul, foul, maculate
    Example:
    The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it.
    source: wordnet30
  • To march off in a line, file by file; to file off. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • Same as Defilade. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To make foul or impure; to make filthy; to dirty; to befoul; to pollute. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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