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stockade

[sto-keyd] /stɒˈkeɪd/
noun
1.
Fortification. a defensive barrier consisting of strong posts or timbers fixed upright in the ground.
2.
an enclosure or pen made with posts and stakes.
3.
U.S. Military. a prison for military personnel.
verb (used with object), stockaded, stockading.
4.
to protect, fortify, or encompass with a stockade.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Middle French estocade, variant of estacade < Spanish estacada. See stake1, -ade1
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  • After burying the dead, the next day the troops set about erecting a stockade.
  • Nights are spent with other elephant youngsters in a protected stockade.
  • The home buildings of the ranch stood in a quadrangle, surrounded by a fence or low stockade.
  • The date the stockade fence was erected around the house is also unclear.
  • Two sections of the stockade wall have been reconstructed, the north gate and the northeast corner.
  • Notice the entrance to the village through a narrow space formed by overlapping ends of the stockade wall.
  • The palisaded stockade and other buildings, built of wood except for the brick magazines, have long since disappeared.
British Dictionary definitions for stockade

stockade

/stɒˈkeɪd/
noun
1.
an enclosure or barrier of stakes and timbers
2.
(US) a military prison or detention area
verb
3.
(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
n.

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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