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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ An extra measure of safety came from a high stockade.
▪ More pirates were starting to climb into the stockade.
▪ She said the police would come to take me into the stockade like the cruel and wild animal I was.
▪ Suddenly, guns were fired again, and a group of pirates ran from the woods and on to the stockade.
▪ The fort, an enclosed stockade, is a quarter-mile walk away.
▪ The inhabitants huddle around huge log fires in timber halls protected by massive stockades.
▪ The principle is that the stockade will give but not break.
▪ Two men were outside the stockade, one waving a white cloth.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Stockade \Stock*ade"\, n. [F. estacade stockade, boom (confused in French with estocade; see 1st Stoccado); fr. It. steccata a palisade (influenced by OF. estach, estaque, a stake, post), or from Sp. estacada a palisade; both of German origin, and akin to E. stake, stick; cf. G. stecken stick, OHG. steccho. See Stake, n., Stick, n. & v. t., and cf. Estacade, Stacket.]

  1. (Mil.) A line of stout posts or timbers set firmly in the earth in contact with each other (and usually with loopholes) to form a barrier, or defensive fortification.

  2. An inclosure, or pen, made with posts and stakes.


Stockade \Stock*ade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stockaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Stockading.] To surround, fortify, or protect with a stockade.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, "a barrier of stakes," a nativization of Spanish estacada, from estaca "stake," from a Germanic source cognate with Old English staca, see stake (n.1)). Meaning "military prison" first recorded 1865. As a verb from 1755.


n. 1 an enclosure protected by a wall of wooden posts 2 (context colloquial English) a military prison vb. (context transitive English) To enclose in a stockade.

  1. n. fortification consisting of a fence made of a line of stout posts set firmly for defense

  2. a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions) [syn: concentration camp]

  3. v. surround with a stockade in order to fortify


A stockade is an enclosure of palisades and tall walls made of logs placed side by side vertically with the tops sharpened to provide security.

Stockade (Transformers)

Stockade is the name of two fictional characters in the various Transformers universes.

Stockade (software)

Stockade is a TCP-layer blocking tool written in C++. It denies TCP/IP access to registered IP addresses by using the ipfw packet filter. It targets spam prevention, but may also be used against other attackers (e.g. brute force password crackers.)

Stockade (disambiguation)

A stockade is an architectural element.

Stockade may also refer to:

  • a military prison, especially on an army or air force installation
  • Stockade (software) is a net filtering software
  • Stockade (Transformers), a Transformers fictional character
  • Stockade Historic District in Schenectady, New York
Stockade (film)

Stockade is a 1971 Australian musical film about the Eureka Stockade.

Usage examples of "stockade".

Walking her mare through the stockade gate, Aganippe found the rammed earth maidan nearly deserted-- only those who cared the most had stayed up to see her safe.

A large body of Birmese troops, amounting to upwards of six thousand men, were known to be posted within a few miles of the town, strongly entrenched behind stockades, and out of reach of our steamers, the artillery practice from which appears to have impressed them with a proper sense of our superiority in that arm of war.

A thing that had started almost a year ago, with Chief Bugler Houston, and led up through Dynamite Holmes and the boxing into The Treatment and Ike Galovitch and from there to the Stockade and Jack Malloy and the late Fatso Judson, and a lot of other things both before and after, to finally here, where, for this split minute that was the current point of time in the line of time which was not a line but an infinite series of points, four strangers held it all in their hands without even knowing it.

No doubt ceorls took part in military expeditions, but they may have gone as attendants and camp-followers rather than as warriors, their chief business being to make stockades and bridges, and especially to carry provisions.

That enterprising chief accordingly repaired to Detroit, and built a stockade at the outlet of Lake Huron on the western side of the strait.

Nor did it surprise Sarah to learn that he had taken up residence in an old monastery the jabbers called the Stockade.

There was probably not a man in the stockade who had not already read the slim volume, or at least heard of its contents, and if Vicky had thrown a live mamba on the table, their consternation could not have been more intense.

One might think that elephants roaming at large would render cultivation impossible, but they have the greatest horror of anything that looks like a fence, and though they are almost powerful enough to break down a strong stockade, a slight fence of reeds usually keeps them out of padi, cane, and maize plantations.

He sees men and cactus-men muttering and the fear of the Remade tethered near their stockades.

But not only was this done but the stations were all stockaded, and huts erected for the reception of four hundred and fifty men and officers, and immense quantities of stores, at each post.

A great portion of the town was destroyed and the place stockaded, and then all was in readiness for the advance upon Coomassie.

At the south side of the Stockade on the outside of the timbers, was a sutler shop, kept by a Rebel, and communicating with the prison by a hole two or three feet square, cut through the logs.

They then rolled the casks, and upheaded them by the sides of the stockade, and fixed up deal planks to stand upon, just high enough to enable them to see over the top of the palisades, and to fire at the enemy.

I killed at Ballarat stockade, while he was smiling in my face, Captain Wayse of the 80th.

But as to poor Wayse, who died of his wounds the next day, after pluckily leading his company when they stormed the stockade, he may have dreamt all about it.