escalade

[es-kuh-leyd, -lahd, es-kuh-leyd, -lahd]
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; < Middle French < Old Provençal *escalada, equivalent to escal(ar) to scale3 + -ada -ade1

escalader, noun
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escalade (ˌɛskəˈleɪd)
 
n
1.  an assault by the use of ladders, esp on a fortification
 
vb
2.  to gain access to (a place) by the use of ladders
 
[C16: from French, from Italian scalata, from scalare to mount, scale³]
 
esca'lader
 
n

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With the fighting and violence continue to escalade, more and more people continue to die each day.
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