(Def"i*cit) n. [Lit., it is wanting, 3d person pres. indic. of L. deficere, cf. F. déficit. See Defect.]
Deficiency in amount or quality; a falling short; lack; as, a deficit in taxes, revenue, etc. Addison.
(De*fi"er) n. [See Defy.] One who dares and defies; a contemner; as, a defier of the laws.
(De*fig`u*ra"tion) n. Disfiguration; mutilation. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.
(De*fig"ure) v. t. [Pref. de- (intens.) + figure.] To delineate. [Obs.]
These two stones as they are here defigured.Weever.
(De`fi*lade") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defiladed; p. pr. & vb. n. Defilading.] [Cf. F. défiler to defile,
and défilade act of defiling. See 1st Defile.] (Mil.) To raise, as a rampart, so as to shelter interior works
commanded from some higher point.
(De`fi*lad"ing), n. (Mil.) The art or act of determining the directions and heights of the lines
of rampart with reference to the protection of the interior from exposure to an enemy's fire from any
point within range, or from any works which may be erected. Farrow.
(De*file") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Defiled (-fild"); p. pr. & vb. n. Defiling.] [F. défiler; pref. dé-, for
des- (L. dis-) + file a row or line. See File a row.] To march off in a line, file by file; to file off.
(De*file"), v. t. (Mil.) Same as Defilade.
(De*file") (de*fil" or de"fil; 277), n. [Cf. F. défilé, fr. défiler to 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. (Mil.) The act of defilading a fortress, or of raising the exterior works in order to protect the interior.
(De*file") v. t. [OE. defoulen, -foilen, to tread down, OF. defouler; de- + fouler to trample (see
Full, v. t.), and OE. defoulen to foul See File to defile, Foul, Defoul.]
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
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.
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.