1A barrier formed from upright wooden posts or stakes, especially as a defense against attack or as a means of confining animals.
- Villages of 300 to 600 people were protected by a triple-walled stockade of wooden stakes 15 to 20 feet tall.
- Hurrying across the paved stone road, they came up to the gate of the wooden stockade wall.
- The motte was an earthen mound, conical in shape and the bailey was a level area around the motte, both of which would have had a wooden stockade surrounding.
1.1An enclosure bound by a barrier formed from upright wooden posts: we got ashore and into the stockade
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- People were taken out of their homes and herded like cattle into stockades to await removal.
- When the savages began to encircle the livestock, the herdsmen attempted to drive the cattle into the stockade.
1.2chiefly North American A military prison.
- He spent just three days in a military stockade before President Nixon ordered his release.
- At this writing, he's still locked up, indefinitely and without charges, in some military stockade.
- He spent four years in hard labour in a stockade, wearing fetters.
verb[with object] (usually as adjective stockaded)
Enclose (an area) by erecting a stockade.
- Terraces and stockaded villages were scattered in the high mountains on both sides of the Nujiang River.
- Bent took up residence with Titoko in the stockaded village of Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu (Beak of the Bird), the main stronghold of the Hauhau forces which would soon see some of the worst action of the war.
- Punishing the Pequots for the death of an English trader, Massachusetts militia attacked men, women, and children at the stockaded Mystic village, setting it ablaze and shooting escapees.
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