Among the killed was Captain Haynes, shot while escalading the wall of Makonis head kraal.
Three or four blows of an axe would have made a broad entrance for an escalading party.
It might be thought that this manner of building offered considerable facilities to an escalading enemy.
They had a forward rake to increase by the overhang the difficulty of escalading them.
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.