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escalade

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v escalade climb up and over "They had to escalade canyons to reach their destination"
    • n escalade an act of scaling by the use of ladders (especially the walls of a fortification)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Escalade (Mil) A furious attack made by troops on a fortified place, in which ladders are used to pass a ditch or mount a rampart. "Sin enters, not by escalade, but by cunning or treachery."
    • v. t Escalade (Mil) To mount and pass or enter by means of ladders; to scale; as, to escalate a wall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n escalade A mounting by means of a ladder or ladders; especially, an assault on a fortified place by troops who mount or pass its defenses by the aid of ladders.
    • escalade To scale; mount and pass or enter by means of a ladder: as, to escalade a wall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Escalade es-ka-lād′ the scaling of the walls of a fortress by means of ladders
    • v.t Escalade to scale: to mount and enter by means of ladders—sometimes written Escalā′do
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., Sp. escalada,cf. It. scalata,), fr. Sp. escalar, to scale, LL. scalare, fr. L. scala, ladder. See Scale (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

We also heard that ladders had been provided for parties to escalade our walls.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Fragonard's famous "Escalade," or "Rendezvous," the first of the series of five proposed panels, depicted the passion of Louis XV for du Barry.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
He was one of the three men, who, during the night entered by escalade the chateau which Don Fabian's mother never again beheld.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
But others clambered upon them, escalading the platform.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
It might be thought that this manner of building offered considerable facilities to an escalading enemy.
"Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1" by William Walton
When he came to the scene of Harry's escalade, his eye was at once arrested by a broken rose-bush and marks of trampling on the mould.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
They dashed forward more furiously than ever to escalade the wall.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Nevertheless Albuquerque determined to assault the place by escalade.
"Rulers of India: Albuquerque" by Henry Morse Stephens
This last escalade had not been ineffectual.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
When once the trenches are pushed a little further, then with a resolute escalade, we shall be there.
"Tales from the German. Volume I." by Carl Franz van der Velde
Moreover, he felt that escalade hardly became either his age or habit of body.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
The natives also practised both mining and escalade in attacking a hill fort.
"Old New Zealand:" by 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
The escalade was managed by means of a ruined tree which projected from the wall.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
Here they overflowed in dusty cataracts, and tottered upward in crazy escalades and tremulous piles.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
The first necessity for the wall was height, to give security against escalade.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6" by Various
The escalade of masonry escarpments eighteen feet high can never be successful without much preparation.
"The Franco-German War of 1870-71" by Count Helmuth, von Moltke
They had a forward rake to increase by the overhang the difficulty of escalading them.
"Life in an Indian Outpost" by Gordon Casserly
The fort must be taken by escalade.
"The Lost Gold of the Montezumas" by William O. Stoddard
The natives also practised both mining and escalade in attacking a hill fort.
"Old New Zealand" by A Pakeha Maori
Once when a feint attack of Shaibani's on the Iron-Gate covered a daring escalade at the Needle-makers Gate.
"King-Errant" by Flora Annie Steel
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In poetry:

'My gracious grace a breach he counts
For graceless escalade;
And, though he's silent ere he mounts,
My watch is not betrayed.
"A Girl's Sin - In Her Eyes" by Francis Thompson
Why should I bow to the Ages
Because they were drear and dry?
Slow trees and ripening meadows
For me go roaring by,
A living charge, a struggle
To escalade the sky.
"A Novelty" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
THEY carried ladders for the escalade,
And each was furnished with a tempered blade;
No other thing embarrassing they'd got;
No drums; but all was silent as the grot.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine

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