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

  • noun A defensive barrier made of strong posts or timbers driven upright side by side into the ground.
  • noun A similar fenced or enclosed area, especially one used for protection.
  • noun A jail on a military base.
  • transitive verb To fortify, protect, or surround with a stockade.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To encompass or fortify with posts or piles fixed in the ground.
  • noun In fortification, a fence or barrier constructed by planting upright in the ground timber, piles, or trunks of trees, so as to inclose an area which is to be defended.
  • noun An inclosure or pen made with posts and stakes.
  • noun In hydraulic engineering, a row of piles serving as a breakwater, or to protect an embankment.

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

  • transitive verb To surround, fortify, or protect with a stockade.
  • noun (Mil.) A line of stout posts or timbers set firmly in the earth in contact with each other (and usually with loopholes) to form a barrier, or defensive fortification.
  • noun An inclosure, or pen, made with posts and stakes.

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

  • noun an enclosure protected by a wall of wooden posts
  • noun colloquial a military prison
  • verb transitive To enclose in a stockade.

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

  • verb surround with a stockade in order to fortify
  • noun fortification consisting of a fence made of a line of stout posts set firmly for defense
  • noun a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions)


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

[Obsolete French estacade, estocade, from Spanish estacada, from estaca, stake, of Germanic origin.]


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  • That the redskins were making an attack in force on the stockade was my first and immediate conclusion, but it gave me no great uneasiness since

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  • "For Tom to think of a thing was to start action without delay. Immediately he called a gang from the shops and set them to work stringing copper wire along the top of the stockade."

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