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barricade

[ bar-i-keyd, bar-i-keyd ]

noun

  1. a defensive barrier hastily constructed, as in a street, to stop an enemy.
  2. any barrier that obstructs passage.


verb (used with object)

, bar·ri·cad·ed, bar·ri·cad·ing.
  1. to obstruct or block with a barricade:

    barricading the streets to prevent an attack.

  2. to shut in and defend with or as if with a barricade:

    The rebels had barricaded themselves in the old city.

    Synonyms: fortify

barricade

/ ˈbærɪˌkeɪd; ˌbærɪˈkeɪd /

noun

  1. a barrier for defence, esp one erected hastily, as during street fighting


verb

  1. to erect a barricade across (an entrance, passageway, etc) or at points of access to (a room, district of a town, etc)

    they barricaded the door

  2. usually passive to obstruct; block

    his mind was barricaded against new ideas

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Derived Forms

  • ˈbarriˌcader, noun
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Other Words From

  • barri·cader noun
  • un·barri·cade verb (used with object) unbarricaded unbarricading
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Word History and Origins

Origin of barricade1

1585–95; < French, equivalent to barrique barrel (< Gascon ) + -ade -ade 1; early barricades in Paris were often composed of barrels
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Word History and Origins

Origin of barricade1

C17: from Old French, from barriquer to barricade, from barrique a barrel, from Spanish barrica , from barril barrel
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Synonym Study

See bar 1.
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Example Sentences

After swarming through barricades, rioters forced their way inside.

In 1971 he helped organize the May Day demonstrations in Washington, where protesters — thousands of whom were arrested — erected barricades throughout the District to voice their opposition to the war.

Police blocked access to the court with metal barricades, and dozens of riot police lined the streets as mounted units patrolled the area.

They should be stopped before they can do that — stopped where they are now — not at barricades that wall off our elected representatives from the people they serve.

Farmers used tractors to tear down police barricades, and videos of police attacking protesting farmers circulated on social media.

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Sarah stood by the police barricade with her 12-year-old sister, Mary, and their mother, Rada.

A white police officer standing amid the crowd inside the barricade got his laughs a moment later.

(Rioters) were building a barricade across Winchester Street and looking for material.

In front of the City Hall building hundreds of tires have been piled up to form a barricade that is manned by yet more masked men.

They made a barricade of metal junk and acted as human shields to stop the train proceeding.

Across the middle of the cage a stout barricade has been erected, and behind the barricade sits the Master, pale but defiant.

The besiegers forced the advance barricade, burned the drawbridge, and fired the gate.

Then she issued her commands to the men, and fiercely she bade them pull down that barricade and take the dog alive.

He would go alone if he must; no barricade of unearthly beasts could hold him from the great adventure.

First there was to be seen the city itself, nestled beyond its barricade of levees.

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