What does castle mean?

Definitions for castle
ˈkæs əl, ˈkɑ səlcas·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palace, castlenoun

    a large and stately mansion

  2. castlenoun

    a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack

  3. castle, rooknoun

    (chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard

  4. castle, castlingverb

    interchanging the positions of the king and a rook

  5. castleverb

    move the king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king

Wiktionary

  1. castlenoun

    A large building that is fortified and contains many defences; in previous ages often inhabited by a nobleman or king.

  2. castlenoun

    A chess piece shaped like a castle tower which is also called a rook.

  3. castlenoun

    A close helmet.

  4. castleverb

    To perform the move of castling.

  5. castleverb

    To bowl a batsman with a full-length ball or yorker such that the stumps are knocked over.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CASTLEnoun

    Etymology: castellum, Lat.

    The castle of Macduff I will surprise. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    To forfeit all your goods, lands, tenements,
    And castles. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    These were but like castles in the air, and in men’s fancies vainly imagined. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Castlenoun

    a fortified residence, especially that of a prince or nobleman; a fortress

  2. Castlenoun

    any strong, imposing, and stately mansion

  3. Castlenoun

    a small tower, as on a ship, or an elephant's back

  4. Castlenoun

    a piece, made to represent a castle, used in the game of chess; a rook

  5. Castleverb

    to move the castle to the square next to king, and then the king around the castle to the square next beyond it, for the purpose of covering the king

Freebase

  1. Castle

    A castle is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages by nobility. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble. This is distinct from a palace, which is not fortified; from a fortress, which was not always a residence for nobility; and from a fortified settlement, which was a public defence – though there are many similarities among these types of construction. Usage of the term has varied over time and has been applied to structures as diverse as hill forts and country houses. Over the approximately 900 years that castles were built they took on a great many forms with many different features, although some, such as curtain walls and arrowslits, were commonplace. A European innovation, castles originated in the 9th and 10th centuries, after the fall of the Carolingian Empire resulted in its territory being divided among individual lords and princes. These nobles built castles to control the area immediately surrounding them, and were both offensive and defensive structures; they provided a base from which raids could be launched as well as protection from enemies. Although their military origins are often emphasised in castle studies, the structures also served as centres of administration and symbols of power. Urban castles were used to control the local populace and important travel routes, and rural castles were often situated near features that were integral to life in the community, such as mills and fertile land.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Castle

    kas′l, n. a fortified house or fortress: the residence of a prince or nobleman, or a large country mansion generally: anything built in the likeness of such: a defensive tower borne on an elephant's back: a large ship, esp. of war.—v.t. to enclose or fortify with a castle.—v.i. (chess) to bring the castle or rook up to the square next the king, and move the king to the other side of the castle.—n. Cas′tellan, governor or captain of a castle.—adj. Cas′tellated, having turrets and battlements like a castle.—n. Cas′tle-build′ing, the act of building castles in the air or forming visionary projects.—adj. Cas′tled, furnished with castles.—n. Cas′tle-guard, the guard for the defence of a castle.—Castles in the air, or in Spain, groundless or visionary projects.—The Castle, Dublin Castle, the seat of the viceroy and the executive—Castle influence, &c. [A.S. castel—L. castellum, dim. of castrum, a fortified place.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. castle

    A place strong by art or nature, or by both. A sort of little citadel. (See FORECASTLE, AFT-CASTLE, &c.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. castle

    A name given to a building constructed as a dwelling, as well as for the purpose of repelling attack. The name is especially given to buildings of this kind constructed in Europe in the Middle Ages, and which were generally surrounded by a moat, foss, or ditch.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Castle

    An inn sign denoting a wine-house, from the castle in the arms of Spain.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2134

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4790

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'castle' in Nouns Frequency: #875

Anagrams for castle »

  1. cleats, sclate

  2. Cleats

  3. Sclate

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of castle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of castle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of castle in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I was walking up and I was saying (to wife Melania): 'Can you imagine my mother seeing this scene? Windsor. Windsor Castle,'.

  2. Nadia Khader:

    The walls of the older castle were different in its design of the newest castle, where rooms [were] filled with sand, pottery and dem were built inside the walls of the fences at regular distances, perhaps the purpose of reducing pressure on the 11 M Castle Wall Body, and maybe these rooms are also used as rainwater banks and are a feature of architecture during the Zionist era. The oldest castle is also likely to be the largest space of the castle previously discovered.

  3. Nicholas Saunders:

    Identities were complex in the medieval period, and the story of Borkovský and the Prague Castle warrior grave reminds us that the identities of such past people frequently fuel modern political conflicts.

  4. The Bidens:

    Her Majesty Queen Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. The Queen defined an era, in a world of constant change, The Queen was a steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations of Britons, including many who have never known their country without The Queen. An enduring admiration for Queen Elizabeth II united people across the Commonwealth. The seven decades of Queen Elizabeth II history-making reign bore witness to an age of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity. QUEEN ELIZABETH II, LONGEST-REIGNING BRITISH MONARCH, DEAD AT 96 Queen Elizabeth II stands with U.S. President President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden in the Grand Corridor during First Lady Jill Biden visit at Windsor Castle, in Windsor Castle, Britain, June 13, 2021. ( Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS).

  5. Jim Himes:

    When your castle is constructed on utter falsehood, one of the things you have to do over time is take all of the power out of the truth.

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