noun[mass noun] historical
The scaling of fortified walls using ladders, as a form of military attack.
More example sentences
- During an escalade a large number of ladders are required.
- Ultimately, using the escalade as a form of attack proved too expensive and difficult to implement in all but the weakest castle sieges.
- Fresh information revealed that the French were fully prepared to meet an attack on Rochefort, and a council of war decided that any attempt to take it by escalade would be hopeless.
late 16th century: from French, or from Spanish escalada, escalado, from medieval Latin scalare 'to scale, climb', from Latin scala 'ladder'.
Definition of escalade in:
- The US English dictionary