from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of scaling a fortified wall or rampart.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of scaling walls or fortifications
- v. To scale the walls of a fortification.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A furious attack made by troops on a fortified place, in which ladders are used to pass a ditch or mount a rampart.
- transitive v. To mount and pass or enter by means of ladders; to scale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mounting by means of a ladder or ladders; especially, an assault on a fortified place by troops who mount or pass its defenses by the aid of ladders.
- To scale; mount and pass or enter by means of a ladder: as, to escalade a wall.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. climb up and over
- n. an act of scaling by the use of ladders (especially the walls of a fortification)
French, from Italian scalata, ultimately from Latin scālae, ladder; see skand- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Italian scalata, from scalare ("to climb"), from scala ("ladder"), from Latin scalae ("ladder") (Wiktionary)