from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A defensive barrier made of strong posts or timbers driven upright side by side into the ground.
- n. A similar fenced or enclosed area, especially one used for protection.
- n. A jail on a military base.
- transitive v. To fortify, protect, or surround with a stockade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an enclosure protected by a wall of wooden posts
- n. a military prison
- v. To enclose in a stockade.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. An inclosure, or pen, made with posts and stakes.
- transitive v. To surround, fortify, or protect with a stockade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. An inclosure or pen made with posts and stakes.
- n. In hydraulic engineering, a row of piles serving as a breakwater, or to protect an embankment.
- To encompass or fortify with posts or piles fixed in the ground.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. surround with a stockade in order to fortify
- n. fortification consisting of a fence made of a line of stout posts set firmly for defense
- n. a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions)
Obsolete French estacade, estocade, from Spanish estacada, from estaca, stake, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)