Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A usually improvised structure set up, as across a route of access, to obstruct the passage of an enemy or opponent. synonym: bulwark.
  • noun A usually temporary structure set up to restrict or control the movement of people or conveyances.
  • noun Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier.
  • transitive verb To close off or block with a barricade.
  • transitive verb To shut (oneself) in by means of a barricade, as for protection or privacy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hastily made fortification of trees, earth, paving-stones, palisades, wagons, or anything that can obstruct the progress of an enemy or serve for defense or security.
  • noun A temporary barrier of any kind designed to obstruct passage into or through a space intended to be kept free for a particular use.
  • noun Any bar or obstruction; that which defends.
  • noun In naval architecture, a strong wooden rail, supported by stanchions, extending across the foremost part of the quarter-deck, in ships of war, and backed with ropes, mats, pieces of old cable, and full hammocks, as a protection against small shot in time of action.
  • To obstruct or block (a path or passage) with a barricade.
  • To block or render impassable.
  • To shut in and defend with a barricade; hem in.
  • Also formerly barricado.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) A fortification, made in haste, of trees, earth, palisades, wagons, or anything that will obstruct the progress or attack of an enemy. It is usually an obstruction formed in streets to block an enemy's access.
  • noun Any bar, obstruction, or means of defense.
  • transitive verb To fortify or close with a barricade or with barricades; to stop up, as a passage; to obstruct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defence
  • noun An obstacle, barrier, or bulwark.
  • noun figuratively, in the plural A place of confrontation.
  • verb to close or block a road etc., using a barricade
  • verb to keep someone in (or out), using a blockade, especially ships in a port

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb block off with barricades
  • noun a barrier (usually thrown up hastily) to impede the advance of an enemy
  • noun a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc.
  • verb prevent access to by barricading
  • verb render unsuitable for passage

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from barrique, barrel, from Old Provençal barrica, from Vulgar Latin *barrīca; see embargo.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French barricade

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  • The barricade was the rampart, the wine-shop was the dungeon.

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  • He got close to the police barricade, which is just a few hundred yards from the Dirksen Senate Building.

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  • An avalanche had dropped there; the barricade was the debris of the torn cliffs, their dust, their pebbles, their boulders.

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  • The barricade was a more difficult matter, as it had to be made full in front of the enemy's fire; but it was contrived with wonderful coolness and rapidity, the civilians about eagerly bringing stones.

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  • Beyond the barricade was a little meadow, shoulder deep in a curious grass with bristly heads which grew very thickly.

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