- 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
Related Wordsescalate, rise, soar, arise, mount, scale, top, ascend, clamber, back, up, lift, vault, tower, bestride, escalade, surmount
Examples from the Web for escalade
In that scene, would they really drive around in an Escalade?‘Homeland’: Showtime’s Thriller Gets Fact Checked by an Intelligence Expert
October 29, 2012
I mean, he bought her an Escalade, but she still had to make the payments.Secret Code of Sports Mistresses
July 13, 2009
For Oprah, that might mean a cookie instead of a whole cake; for the rest of us, perhaps a movie instead of an Escalade.The Great Binge
December 11, 2008
This body then made their way through the suburbs, to escalade the city walls.Our Sailors
And with his clubbed rifle he killed an Apache who was trying to escalade the hut.The Pirates of the Prairies
I do not think that the gavachos will ever venture to attempt an escalade.The Buccaneer Chief
He seems fitted for the race and the escalade rather than for the struggle.The Desert World
The tte-du-pont, a strong fortification, was taken by escalade.
- 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 escalade
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.