A stockade is an enclosed pen used to herd cattle and other livestock. Stockades can also house men, in the sense of a penal camp. In both cases, the treatment tends to be on the rough side.

Stockades are also built as a means of protection or defense. Fun fact: Did you know that one of the most famous stockades in America was the original Wall Street in New Amsterdam — that is, the protective wall of wooden stakes dug into the ground that marked the northernmost part of the Dutch settlement from Injun' territory? Or at least it did until the Dutch, in need of firewood, chopped it down.

Definitions of stockade

n fortification consisting of a fence made of a line of stout posts set firmly for defense

Type of:
fortification, munition
defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it

n a penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined (usually under harsh conditions)

concentration camp
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a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in southwestern Poland during World War II
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews created in northwestern Germany during World War II
a Nazi concentration camp for Jews in World War II that was located in central Germany
a concentration camp for Jews created by the Nazis near Munich in southern Germany
death camp
a concentration camp where prisoners are likely to die or be killed
Type of:
a penal institution (often for forced labor)

v surround with a stockade in order to fortify

Type of:
fence, fence in, palisade, surround, wall
surround with a wall in order to fortify

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