- 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 escalading
They had a forward rake to increase by the overhang the difficulty of escalading them.Life in an Indian Outpost
Among the killed was Captain Haynes, shot while escalading the wall of Makonis head kraal.The Matabele Campaign
R. S. S. Baden-Powell
It might be thought that this manner of building offered considerable facilities to an escalading enemy.
Three or four blows of an axe would have made a broad entrance for an escalading party.Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61
- 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 escalading
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.