- 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 escaladed
It was a great step made, but it was as nothing so long as the rock was not escaladed.The Freebooters
At length the Indians fell back; the wall was not yet escaladed.The Indian Scout
He escaladed the path, left it, returned to it, quick and venturous.The Man Who Laughs
Some of the gaming houses were attacked; the iron doors were forced; the barred windows were escaladed.
The fort was escaladed by the French late at night and the palisades made short work of by the hatchets of their bushrangers.The Great Company
- 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 escaladed
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.