Escalade
Escalade Es`ca*lade", n. [F., Sp. escalada (cf. It. scalata), fr. Sp. escalar to scale, LL. scalare, fr. L. scala ladder. See {Scale}, v. t.] (Mil.) A furious attack made by troops on a fortified place, in which ladders are used to pass a ditch or mount a rampart. [1913 Webster]

Sin enters, not by escalade, but by cunning or treachery. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]


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  • escalade — [ ɛskalad ] n. f. • 1456; a. occitan escalada I ♦ 1 ♦ Vx Assaut d une position au moyen d échelles. Il « monte à l escalade de la citadelle » (Voltaire). Par ext. « un marquis qui tente l escalade pour se glisser dans la chambre d une fille »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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 …   Wikipedia

  • escalade — Escalade. subst. f. l S se prononce. Attaque d une place avec des eschelles, assaut que l on donne avec des eschelles. Aller, monter à l escalade. ils emporterent la place par escalade. la muraille est trop haute, elle est hors d escalade …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • escaladé — escaladé, ée (è ska la dé, dée) part. passé. Un mur escaladé …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • escalade — 1590s, action of using ladders to scale the walls of a fortified place, from M.Fr. escalade (16c.) an assault with ladders on a fortification, from It. scalata, fem. pp. of scalare to climb by means of a ladder, from scala ladder, related to L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Escalade — Es ca*lade , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Escaladed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Escalading}.] (Mil.) To mount and pass or enter by means of ladders; to scale; as, to escalate a wall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Escalade — (fr., spr. Eskalahd), 1) Leiterersteigung einer Festung od. eines Festungswerkes; meist ist die E. mit dem gewaltsamen Angriff od. dem Überfall verbunden; vgl. Festungskrieg. Daher 2) Nationalfest in Genf, jährlich am 12. Dec. gefeiert, zur… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Escalade — Escalade, frz., Leitersturm auf eine Festung; gelingt in der Regel nur als Ueberfall. – E. Fest in Genf, s. Genf …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • escaladé — Escaladé, [escalad]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • escalade — [es΄kə lād′] n. [Fr < It scalata < scalare, to climb < L scala, ladder: see SCALE1] the act of scaling or climbing the walls of a fortified place by ladders vt. escaladed, escalading to climb (a wall, etc.) or enter (a fortified place)… …   English World dictionary

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