stockades

stockade

[sto-keyd]
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:
1605–15; < Middle French estocade, variant of estacade < Spanish estacada. See stake1, -ade1

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stockade (stɒˈkeɪd)
 
n
1.  an enclosure or barrier of stakes and timbers
2.  (US) a military prison or detention area
 
vb
3.  (tr) to surround with a stockade
 
[C17: from Spanish estacada, from estaca a stake, post, of Germanic origin; see stake1]

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stockade
1614, "a barrier of stakes," from Sp. estacada, from estaca "stake," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.E. staca, see stake (1)). Meaning "prison, especially on a military post" first recorded 1865.
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