noun[mass noun] historical
The scaling of fortified walls using ladders, as a form of military attack.
- 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.
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