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[sto-keyd] /stɒˈkeɪd/
Fortification. a defensive barrier consisting of strong posts or timbers fixed upright in the ground.
an enclosure or pen made with posts and stakes.
U.S. Military. a prison for military personnel.
verb (used with object), stockaded, stockading.
to protect, fortify, or encompass with a stockade.
Origin of stockade
1605-15; < Middle French estocade, variant of estacade < Spanish estacada. See stake1, -ade1 Unabridged
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  • We then made a lodgment on the side of the mount near the stockade.

  • He said the men were rebuilding the stockade and getting in the harvest.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • They saw that the brush had been cut from the ground outside the stockade, as if for battle.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • With this they were to surmount the stockade and gain the open.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Over the stockade and the Rajah's buildings Brown saw their lights on the water.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • That relation of his, Si-Lapa by name, was then with Doramin in the stockade only a few feet away.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • And, indeed, if they had been short he would have been too anxious to send food into the stockade had he been able.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • His presentment at the arched loophole in his stockade was formidable.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • Ningrat was spirited away by Tengga's men into their master's stockade.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for stockade


an enclosure or barrier of stakes and timbers
(US) a military prison or detention area
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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