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The act of scaling a fortified wall or rampart.
[French, from Italian scalata, ultimately from Latin scālae, ladder; see skand- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Military) an assault by the use of ladders, esp on a fortification
(Military) to gain access to (a place) by the use of ladders
[C16: from French, from Italian scalata, from scalare to mount, scale3]
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es•ca•lade(ˌɛs kəˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd, ˈɛs kəˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd)
n., v. -lad•ed, -lad•ing. n.
1. a scaling or mounting by means of ladders, esp. in an assault upon a fortified place.v.t.
2. to mount, pass, or enter by means of ladders.
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Escaladea series of terraces, one above the other as in a staircase.
Example: escalade of melted snow, 1853.
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Past participle: escaladed
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|Noun||1.||escalade - an act of scaling by the use of ladders (especially the walls of a fortification)|
scaling - ascent by or as if by a ladder
|Verb||1.||escalade - climb up and over; "They had to escalade canyons to reach their destination"|
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