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escalade

[es-kuh-leyd, -lahd, es-kuh-leyd, -lahd] /ˌɛs kəˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd, ˈɛs kəˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd/
noun
1.
a scaling or mounting by means of ladders, especially in an assault upon a fortified place.
verb (used with object), escaladed, escalading.
2.
to mount, pass, or enter by means of ladders.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French < Old Provençal *escalada, equivalent to escal(ar) to scale3 + -ada -ade1
Related forms
escalader, noun
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  • With the fighting and violence continue to escalade, more and more people continue to die each day.
British Dictionary definitions for escalade

escalade

/ˌɛskəˈleɪd/
noun
1.
an assault by the use of ladders, esp on a fortification
verb
2.
to gain access to (a place) by the use of ladders
Derived Forms
escalader, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Italian scalata, from scalare to mount, scale³
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Word Origin and History for escalade
n.

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.

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