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Definition of "stockade" [stock•ade]

  • A defensive barrier made of strong posts or timbers driven upright side by side into the ground. (noun)
  • A similar fenced or enclosed area, especially one used for protection. (noun)
  • A jail on a military base. (noun)
  • To fortify, protect, or surround with a stockade. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stockade" in a sentence
  • "A big but insecure stockade is built of branches and bamboo poles."
  • "The Lone Star Stories Reader got reviewed by Publishers Weekly and my story "Wolf Night" got a very nice mention: The western meets dark fantasy in Martha Wells's standout “Wolf Night,” when a group of people barricaded in a stockade are attacked by an otherworldly creature."
  • "Studentswere busy organizing against the campus military center, sometimes called the stockade, holding demonstrations and putting anti-war material in front of the recruiting and training center."