• WordNet 3.6
    • v barricade block off with barricades
    • v barricade prevent access to by barricading "The street where the President lives is always barricaded"
    • v barricade render unsuitable for passage "block the way","barricade the streets","stop the busy road"
    • n barricade a barrier (usually thrown up hastily) to impede the advance of an enemy "they stormed the barricade"
    • n barricade a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barricade (Mil) A fortification, made in haste, of trees, earth, palisades, wagons, or anything that will obstruct the progress or attack of an enemy. It is usually an obstruction formed in streets to block an enemy's access.
    • Barricade Any bar, obstruction, or means of defense. "Such a barricade as would greatly annoy, or absolutely stop, the currents of the atmosphere."
    • v. t Barricade To fortify or close with a barricade or with barricades; to stop up, as a passage; to obstruct; as, the workmen barricaded the streets of Paris. "The further end whereof [a bridge] was barricaded with barrels."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barricade A hastily made fortification of trees, earth, paving-stones, palisades, wagons, or anything that can obstruct the progress of an enemy or serve for defense or security.
    • n barricade A temporary barrier of any kind designed to obstruct passage into or through a space intended to be kept free for a particular use.
    • n barricade Any bar or obstruction; that which defends.
    • n barricade In naval architecture, a strong wooden rail, supported by stanchions, extending across the foremost part of the quarter-deck, in ships of war, and backed with ropes, mats, pieces of old cable, and full hammocks, as a protection against small shot in time of action. Synonyms Bar, etc. See barrier.
    • barricade To obstruct or block (a path or passage) with a barricade.
    • barricade To block or render impassable.
    • barricade To shut in and defend with a barricade; hem in.
    • barricade Also formerly barricado.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barricade bar′ik-ād a temporary fortification raised to hinder the advance of an enemy, as in the street fights of Parisian insurrections
    • v.t Barricade to obstruct: to fortify.—Earlier form Barricā′do
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  • Alan Seeger
    Alan Seeger
    “I have a rendezvous with Death at some disputed barricade.”
  • Antonin Artaud
    “With society and its public, there is no longer any other language than that of bombs, barricades, and all that follows.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. barricade, fr. Sp. barricada, orig. a barring up with casks; fr. barrica, cask, perh. fr. LL. barra, bar. See Bar (n.), and cf. Barrel (n.)


In literature:

So they rocked through the ill-paved streets of Moscow, and rushed the suburban barricade without mishap.
"The Book of All-Power" by Edgar Wallace
Every night we camped inside a barricade.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Make a barricade if you can.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Behind us a great barricade was being built of the first things that came to hand.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
The people tried to break open the gates of the convent, which the monks had barricaded in haste.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
We must barricade the place.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
They are barricaded against life.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Behind this were a great number of barricades and fortlets.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
These windows, however, were barricaded with shutters.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
Next morning all work stopped, and the people fell to building barricades.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson

In poetry:

"Still a brave and generous manhood,
Still and honor without stain,
In the prison of the Kaiser,
By the barricades of Seine.
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
At the barricade he's now alone,
The old man's prostrate at his feet,
His blood is tricking round the stone;
Before he gasps his dying groan,
He feebly says: "Retreat! Retreat!"
"Johannes" by Hristo Smirnenski
And took refuge in another house, and barricaded it fast,
And prepared to defend themselves to the last;
Then Lieutenant Kerr and Row Deo Kerr plied the crowbars again,
And heavy blows on the woordwork they did rain.
"The Hero of Kalapore" by William Topaz McGonagall
Still on came the savages into the barricade,
And still they were driven back, but undismayed.
Again they came into the barricade, yet they were driven back,
While darkness fell swift across the sun, dismal and black.
"The Hero of Rorke's Drift" by William Topaz McGonagall
They were only eighty in number, that brave British band,
And brave Lieutenant Broomhead did them command;
He gave orders to erect barricades without delay,
"It's the only plan I can see, men, to drive four thousand savages away."
"The Hero of Rorke's Drift" by William Topaz McGonagall
I wandered lonely where the pine-trees made
Against the bitter East their barricade,
And, guided by its sweet
Perfume, I found, within a narrow dell,
The trailing spring flower tinted like a shell
Amid dry leaves and mosses at my feet.
"The Trailing Arbutus" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Sacked gold miners set up a burning barricade at Gold One International's more.
The pickup collided with a barricade on the highway and two men ran from the truck and jumped from the highway overpass, police said.
The only barricades you see now are around the streetcar stops.
Uzbek women and children stand near a barricade made from cemetery fencing, in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, Wednesday.
Police barricades block bicycle lane .
The first, of course, is the predictable just-get-it-over-with impatience of New Yorkers impeded by police barricades.
An electrical short ignited a fireball on the front porch, barricading Katie and Jace inside.
Grab some tissues and head back to the barricades.
A group of 11 students barricaded themselves in the Peter Cooper Suite, a room on the eighth floor of the Cooper Union, at noon today.
The closed New York Stock Exchange, barricaded with sand bags is seen during the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on October 29.
Demonstrators barricaded themselves in vacant building in protest over minority programs.
"My mother was fine living in the basement, she was never barricaded in there," said Guy Von-Der Linden, 56, whose wife, Piedad, was charged with neglect of the elderly.
Protesters opposed to Egypt's president demonstrate on top of a barricade erected by the Egyptian army to protect the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday, December 11.
AROMAS, Calif — Monterey County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 50-year-old woman who barricaded herself inside an Aromas home with guns for 18 hours following a domestic dispute.
Monterey County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 50-year-old woman who barricaded herself inside an Aromas home with guns for 18 hours following a domestic dispute.