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[sto-keyd] /stɒˈkeɪd/
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.
verb (used with object), stockaded, stockading.
to protect, fortify, or encompass with a stockade.
Origin of stockade
1605-15; < Middle French estocade, variant of estacade < Spanish estacada. See stake1, -ade1 Unabridged
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  • I heard that Wambe had a stockade round his kraal made of elephant tusks.

    Maiwa's Revenge H. Rider Haggard
  • He said the men were rebuilding the stockade and getting in the harvest.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Presently, at the sound of a horn, a great flight of arrows rose high in the air from behind the stockade.

  • They saw that the brush had been cut from the ground outside the stockade, as if for battle.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Six of them, as big a band as he'd ever seen together at one time, had managed to cut them off from the stockade.

    The Return H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
  • With this they were to surmount the stockade and gain the open.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • East of this stockade were the kitchen gardens, but all traces of them have long since vanished.

    The Story of Sitka C. L. Andrews
  • That relation of his, Si-Lapa by name, was then with Doramin in the stockade only a few feet away.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Have you seen anything of the Indians since you left the stockade, Strides?

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for stockade


an enclosure or barrier of stakes and timbers
(US) a military prison or detention area
(transitive) to surround with a stockade
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish estacada, from estaca a stake, post, of Germanic origin; see stake1
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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.

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