Definition of stockade in English:

stockade

noun

  • 1A barrier formed from upright wooden posts or stakes, especially as a defence against attack or as a means of confining animals.

    ‘they built stockades around their towns’
    • ‘Each lodge has luxury en suite accommodation in tents the size of bungalows, built on stilts under a roof of thatch, surrounded by an elephant-proof stockade.’
    • ‘Rome's enemies had built wooden stockades and fortified villages well before Caesar and his legions set foot in Gaul or Britain.’
    • ‘Ahead of him, he could barely make out the camp and its wooden stockade around its borders, swaying in the wind as it was pelted with rain.’
    • ‘A new stockade built in 1717 of wooden stakes quickly fell to ruin.’
    • ‘Europeans usually built defensive stockades immediately upon arrival in the New World in order to protect their foothold on the shore.’
    • ‘The stockade was a barrier of separation and distrust.’
    • ‘On the outskirts of the town is Plimoth Plantation, an authentic reconstruction of America's first settlement, with its one-room timber houses and high stockades.’
    • ‘The art of fortification was lost in the West for many years after the collapse of the Roman empire, and local strongholds relied on stout stockades for defence.’
    • ‘Here, landlords organized armed gangs, built stockades and forts, and fought their neighbours for land and irrigation water, terrorized their tenants, and usurped judicial rights.’
    • ‘A stockade provided protection for both people and animals.’
    • ‘Though plantations were mini-states - with private jails, stockades and whipping posts - planters also depended on the army, judges, mayors and local constables to force workers to submit to their will.’
    • ‘The stockade performed so many favours for the town and outlying farms that it was quite okay by the townsfolk.’
    • ‘The farmstead had storage pits, drying frames and granaries, and was surrounded by a stockade.’
    • ‘Villages of 300 to 600 people were protected by a triple-walled stockade of wooden stakes 15 to 20 feet tall.’
    • ‘Hurrying across the paved stone road, they came up to the gate of the wooden stockade wall.’
    • ‘There are no stockades or tipis, although the houses are a lot more humble and the fields a lot better tended than in neighbouring territory.’
    • ‘The motte was an earthen mound, conical in shape and the bailey was a level area around the motte, both of which would have had a wooden stockade surrounding.’
    • ‘As surveyor and topographer, he took on the task of making sketches of the stockades.’
    • ‘The typical Slav village was surrounded by a wooden stockade.’
    • ‘In the frontier-land, fences and stockades announce intentions rather than mark realities.’
    barrier, obstacle, blockade, bar, fence, obstruction, roadblock, bulwark, rampart, palisade, hurdle, protection, defence
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    1. 1.1 An enclosure bound by a stockade.
      ‘we got ashore and into the stockade’
      • ‘People were taken out of their homes and herded like cattle into stockades to await removal.’
      • ‘When the savages began to encircle the livestock, the herdsmen attempted to drive the cattle into the stockade.’
      enclosure, fold, sheepfold, pound, compound, paddock, sty, coop, cage, stall, lock-up
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    2. 1.2North American A military prison.
      ‘he surrendered two weeks after escaping the stockade at the air force base’
      • ‘These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Rhode Island underground.’
      • ‘These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Southport Underground.’
      • ‘Instead, military records reveal he served as an ammo handler in the 25th Infantry Division and spent nearly a year in the stockade for being AWOL.’
      • ‘White guys in the stockade had fringe benefits.’
      • ‘These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.’
      • ‘The stockade was designed to hold 10,000 prisoners and the first Union soldiers to arrive were housed and fed decently.’
      • ‘He spent just three days in a military stockade before President Nixon ordered his release.’
      • ‘The guards erected a line of fence in front of the stockade, and shot to kill any prisoner who crossed the line.’
      • ‘The stockade which they were encamped in was a wonderful place.’
      • ‘One of the few remaining structures from the camp was the concrete stockade, a jail within an internment camp.’
      • ‘Corporal punishment and physical hazing of American soldiers was still permitted, including use of the stockade.’
      • ‘Replicas of sections of the original stockade and the north gate stand as reminders of a prison facility that was a deadly home to thousands of Union soldiers.’
      • ‘Another day and you would have been in the stockade.’
      • ‘A furious general had him arrested, tossed in the stockades and prepped for court-martial.’
      • ‘The expedition constructed winter quarters, consisting of an enclosed stockade and barracks.’
      • ‘For example, his brutality is made out to be a personal thing rather than indicative of conditions in army stockades in general.’
      • ‘That is enough for my mind to start doing time in ‘Silver City,’ the stockade in the Philippines.’
      • ‘Rather than giving up on him and discharging him from the Army, he is released from the stockade to return for training.’
      • ‘At this writing, he's still locked up, indefinitely and without charges, in some military stockade.’
      • ‘He spent four years in hard labour in a stockade, wearing fetters.’
      prison, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, correctional facility, detention centre
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verb

[with object]usually as adjective stockaded
  • Enclose (an area) by erecting a stockade.

    ‘stockaded enclosures’
    ‘stockaded village settlements’
    • ‘Terraces and stockaded villages were scattered in the high mountains on both sides of the Nujiang River.’
    • ‘Bent took up residence with Titoko in the stockaded village of Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu (Beak of the Bird), the main stronghold of the Hauhau forces which would soon see some of the worst action of the war.’
    • ‘Punishing the Pequots for the death of an English trader, Massachusetts militia attacked men, women, and children at the stockaded Mystic village, setting it ablaze and shooting escapees.’
    • ‘Yet, it can also be viewed as a justified military action against a stockaded settlement in a Native homeland.’

Origin

Early 17th century: shortening of obsolete French estocade, alteration of estacade, from Spanish estacada, from the Germanic base of the noun stake.

Pronunciation

stockade

/stɒˈkeɪd/