defile n : a narrow pass (especially one between mountains) [syn: gorge]
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]
- Rhymes: -aɪl
Defile has several meanings:
- for dictionary definitions.
- defile (geography) is a geographic term for a narrow pass or gorge between mountains. It has its origins as a military description of a pass through which troops can march only in a narrow column or with a narrow front.
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