Definitions

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)

Etymologies

Obsolete French estacade, estocade, from Spanish estacada, from estaca, stake, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A big but insecure stockade is built of branches and bamboo poles.

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  • The Lone Star Stories Reader got reviewed by Publishers Weekly and my story "Wolf Night" got a very nice mention: The western meets dark fantasy in Martha Wells's standout “Wolf Night,” when a group of people barricaded in a stockade are attacked by an otherworldly creature.

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  • Studentswere busy organizing against the campus military center, sometimes called the stockade, holding demonstrations and putting anti-war material in front of the recruiting and training center.

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  • But the most awkward part of the stockade was the part out of sight: some of the piles which had been driven in did not appear above water, so that it was dangerous to sail up, for fear of running the ships upon them, just as upon a reef, through not seeing them.

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  • The stockade was a solid palisade of saplings driven deep into the ground and covering an area of twenty feet by eighteen.

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  • A gigantic tree grows within the stockade, which is a very poor one.

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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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  • Keddah -- that is, the stockade -- looked like a picture of the end of the world, and men had to make signs to one another, because they could not hear themselves speak.

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  • Almost the first object that met their eyes as they neared the stockade was a jagged break in the structure caused by a large object that had come crashing down upon it.

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  • He and the others set to work to clear the grounds within, called the stockade, and then a long, low log house was started at one side, and a low storehouse and horse stable at the other.

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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."
    - Victor Appleton, 'Tom Swift And His Electric Locomotive'.

    August 28, 2009