- 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.
- to protect, fortify, or encompass with a stockade.
Origin of stockade
Examples from the Web for stockade
It was Korea, and I served three years—half of it in the stockade.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
We then made a lodgment on the side of the mount near the stockade.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
He said the men were rebuilding the stockade and getting in the harvest.
They saw that the brush had been cut from the ground outside the stockade, as if for battle.
With this they were to surmount the stockade and gain the open.Captain Blood
That relation of his, Si-Lapa by name, was then with Doramin in the stockade only a few feet away.Lord Jim
- an enclosure or barrier of stakes and timbers
- US a military prison or detention area
- (tr) to surround with a stockade
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.