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Escalade   /ˌɛskəlˈɑd/   Listen

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

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"Escalade" Quotes from Famous Books

... Frenchmen, with the laird of Fairnihirst, and [Sidenote: 1549] his borderers, assaulted this fortress. The English archers showered their arrows down the steep ascent, leading to the castle, and from the outer wall by which it was surrounded. A vigorous escalade, however, gained the base court, and the sharp fire of the French arquebusiers drove the bowmen into the square keep, or dungeon, of the fortress. Here the English defended themselves, till a breach in the ...
— Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3) • Walter Scott

... 'Exmoor ponies throng the streets, flood the pavements, overflow the houses, pervade the place. Wild as hawks, active and lissom as goats, cajoled from the moors, and tactfully manoeuvred when penned, these indigenous quadrupeds will leap or escalade lofty barriers in a standing jump or a cat-like scramble.' Cattle and sheep are less conspicuously for sale at this popular and crowded fair, held on ...
— Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts • Rosalind Northcote

Words linked to "Escalade" :   mount, go up, climb, scaling, climb up

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