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stockade

[sto-keyd] /stɒˈkeɪd/
noun
1.
Fortification. a defensive barrier consisting of strong posts or timbers fixed upright in the ground.
2.
an enclosure or pen made with posts and stakes.
3.
U.S. Military. a prison for military personnel.
verb (used with object), stockaded, stockading.
4.
to protect, fortify, or encompass with a stockade.
Origin of stockade
1605-1615
1605-15; < Middle French estocade, variant of estacade < Spanish estacada. See stake1, -ade1
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  • I heard that Wambe had a stockade round his kraal made of elephant tusks.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • You like to spend your evenings in beating off wild Indians from a stockade.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • Presently, at the sound of a horn, a great flight of arrows rose high in the air from behind the stockade.

  • We were clear out of the ship, but not yet ashore in our stockade.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Six of them, as big a band as he'd ever seen together at one time, had managed to cut them off from the stockade.

    The Return H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  • "I cannot keep her head for the stockade, sir," said I to the captain.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • East of this stockade were the kitchen gardens, but all traces of them have long since vanished.

    The Story of Sitka C. L. Andrews
  • It was not without a guilty feeling that Rosebud rode out of the stockade.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Have you seen anything of the Indians since you left the stockade, Strides?

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for stockade

stockade

/stɒˈkeɪd/
noun
1.
an enclosure or barrier of stakes and timbers
2.
(US) a military prison or detention area
verb
3.
(transitive) to surround with a stockade
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish estacada, from estaca a stake, post, of Germanic origin; see stake1
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Word Origin and History for stockade
n.

1610s, "a barrier of stakes," from Spanish estacada, from estaca "stake," from a Germanic source (cf. Old English staca, see stake (n.1)). Meaning "prison, especially on a military post" first recorded 1865.

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