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Definitions for Escalade
ˌɛs kəˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd, ˈɛs kəˌleɪd, -ˌlɑdEscalade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. escaladeverb

    an act of scaling by the use of ladders (especially the walls of a fortification)

  2. escaladeverb

    climb up and over

    "They had to escalade canyons to reach their destination"


  1. escaladenoun

    An act of scaling walls or fortifications

    An escalade was required for the warriors to attack the troops.

  2. escaladeverb

    To scale the walls of a fortification.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ESCALADEnoun

    The act of scaling the walls of a fortification.

    Etymology: French.

    In Geneva one meets with the ladders, petard, and other utensils, which were made use of in their famous escalade. Add.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Escaladeverb

    a furious attack made by troops on a fortified place, in which ladders are used to pass a ditch or mount a rampart

  2. Escaladeverb

    to mount and pass or enter by means of ladders; to scale; as, to escalate a wall

  3. Etymology: [F., Sp. escalada (cf. It. scalata), fr. Sp. escalar to scale, LL. scalare, fr. L. scala ladder. See Scale, v. t.]


  1. Escalade

    Escalade is the act of scaling defensive walls or ramparts with the aid of ladders, and was a prominent feature of siege warfare in medieval times. It was one of the most direct options available for attacking a fortification, but was also one of the most dangerous. Escalade consisted simply of soldiers advancing to the base of a wall, setting ladders, and climbing to engage the defending forces. This would generally be conducted in the face of arrow fire from the battlements, and the defenders would naturally attempt to push ladders away from the wall. Heated or incendiary substances such as boiling water, sand and pitch coated missiles were sometimes poured on attacking soldiers. As the result of all this, it was often difficult for attackers to reach the top of the wall. Even when they did so, however, they would be heavily outnumbered by the defenders. Often, the objective of escalade was not to take the fortification itself, as it was thought impossible to get sufficient numbers of troops up the ladders. Rather, infiltration in this manner had the intention of opening the fortification's gates, to allow a more direct attack. Fortifications were often constructed in such a way as to impede escalade, or at least to make it a less attractive option. Some of the measures taken to counter escalade included the digging of moats, the construction of machicolations, and walls incorporating a talus feature.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Escalade

    es-ka-lād′, n. the scaling of the walls of a fortress by means of ladders.—v.t. to scale: to mount and enter by means of ladders—sometimes written Escalā′do. [Fr.,—Sp. escaladaescala, a ladder—L. scala.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. escalade

    The forcing a way over a rampart or other defence, properly by means of ladders or other contrivances for climbing.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. escalade

    From the Latin scala, a ladder. In siege operations, a mode of gaining admission within the enemy’s works. It consists in advancing over the glacis and the covert way, descending, if necessary, into the ditch by means of ladders, and ascending to the parapet of the curtain and bastions, and are either procured on the spot, or are sent out with the siege army. The leaders constitute a forlorn hope.

Rap Dictionary

  1. escaladenoun

    Cadillac Escalade, a luxury SUV.

  2. escaladenoun

    The act of scaling a fortified wall or rampart.. But of course the common use for the word Escalade in rap and/or common usage is used to refer to the Automobile/SUV made by Cadillac.

  3. escaladenoun

    "Onyx is gritty, grimey, the gutter, projects, techs, nines, black Escalades" -- Onyx (Whats Onyx?, Bacdafucup Pt 2)

  4. escaladenoun

    "I put Lamborghini doors on my Escalade" -- The Game featuring 50 Cent (How We Do, The Documentary)

  5. escaladenoun

    "This is for my ladies in the 280s Mercedes In the H3, Baby Ranges, Bentley Coupes, my Escalades" [Danity Kane] Show Stopper

  6. escaladeverb

    To ride in tight car, like an Escalade. "Gucci shades upon my braids when i escalade." -- Slim Thug (Still Tippin)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Escalade in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Escalade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Escalade in a Sentence

  1. General Motors:

    General Motors is voluntarily recalling certain 2014-2018 model year Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and GMC Yukon vehicles for a condition related to increased brake pedal effort, in rare circumstances, these vehicles may have a condition in which the engine-mounted mechanical vacuum pump output may decrease over time, decreasing the amount of vacuum/power brake assist.

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