- a scaling or mounting by means of ladders, especially in an assault upon a fortified place.
- to mount, pass, or enter by means of ladders.
Origin of escalade
Examples from the Web for escaladed
It was a great step made, but it was as nothing so long as the rock was not escaladed.The Freebooters
At length the Indians fell back; the wall was not yet escaladed.The Indian Scout
He escaladed the path, left it, returned to it, quick and venturous.The Man Who Laughs
Some of the gaming houses were attacked; the iron doors were forced; the barred windows were escaladed.
The fort was escaladed by the French late at night and the palisades made short work of by the hatchets of their bushrangers.The Great Company
- an assault by the use of ladders, esp on a fortification
- to gain access to (a place) by the use of ladders
Word Origin and History for escaladed
1590s, "action of using ladders to scale the walls of a fortified place," from Middle French escalade (16c.) "an assault with ladders on a fortification," from Italian scalata, fem. past participle of scalare "to climb by means of a ladder," from scala "ladder," related to Latin scandere "to climb" (see scan). For initial e-, see especial.