barricade

verb
bar·​ri·​cade | \ ˈber-ə-ˌkād How to pronounce barricade (audio) , ˈba-rə-; ˌber-ə-ˈkād, ˌba-rə- \
barricaded; barricading

Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to block off or stop up with a barricade barricade a street
2 : to prevent access to by means of a barricade

barricade

noun

Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an obstruction or rampart thrown up across a way or passage to check the advance of the enemy
3 barricades plural : a field of combat or dispute

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Synonyms & Antonyms for barricade

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of barricade in a Sentence

Verb The police barricaded the crime scene. the city barricaded the flooded streets Noun The enemy broke through the barricade. Police erected barricades to keep the crowds from approaching the crime scene.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The suspect proceeded to barricade himself in a second-story apartment. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Anaheim shooting suspect arrested after 4-hour standoff, jumping out 2nd-story window," 12 Dec. 2020 Major league executives would practically barricade themselves in their hotel suites, lest they be intercepted by anyone with a notepad or a television camera. Los Angeles Times, "Scott Boras is the lion in MLB’s winter meetings, but this year his roar is virtual," 4 Dec. 2020 At Stonestown, Santa will barricade himself inside an empty storefront next to the Shoe Palace. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "Mall Santas will look different this year. Here’s what to expect in the Bay Area," 28 Nov. 2020 Protesters' attention suddenly shifted to the federal courthouse just before July 4, when some people tore down wooden boards covering the front of the building, tried to barricade the front doors and broke the glass in the doors. oregonlive, "Judge to rule before Election Day on whether to set boundaries for federal officers responding to protests outside federal property," 23 Oct. 2020 Go to a welding supply store to buy gas, barricade himself inside a hotel bathroom, turn on the gas, go to sleep. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "Minnesota National Guard confronts mental health issues head on," 28 Sep. 2020 Later in the day, teachers were also subject to a series of drills in which they were instructed at different times to hide in classrooms, to try and barricade doors from potential intruders and to throw tennis balls at the officers. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Teachers shot by plastic pellets during training drill sue sheriff's department, officers," 26 Aug. 2020 The cops arrive and Zach and Alex run through the school and barricade themselves in the Dean's office. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 Trump’s removal from the White House should Trump lose the election and then barricade himself there. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But after a snowy night in Nebraska, Ibrahim slipped while running into the end zone and ended up sliding feet-first into a barricade. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Gophers get back to playing — and winning," 12 Dec. 2020 There, dozens of officers in riot gear and shields stood behind a barricade as protesters surrounded them. Jeff Neiburg, USA TODAY, "National Guard mobilizes as second night of Philadelphia protests over Walter Wallace killing turn violent," 28 Oct. 2020 But tensions rapidly built up as a group of demonstrators surrounded some members of the pro-Trump group, chasing them behind a barricade set up in the plaza to separate the groups. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Punches thrown as left-wing protesters show up at conservative rally in S.F.," 17 Oct. 2020 On the far side, a thicket of cut tree trunks and branches blocked the road, and behind the barricade there was a gathering of cars and trucks. Lauren Smiley, Wired, "The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington," 8 Oct. 2020 The barricade includes chain-link fencing, car tires, pieces of wood and spike strips. oregonlive, "Barricades, sentries remain at N. Portland red house as city ‘tries diplomacy and de-escalation’," 12 Dec. 2020 The sandbag barricade was still there when the news organizations recently visited the property. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, "How Famous Surfers and Wealthy Homeowners Are Endangering Hawaii’s Beaches," 5 Dec. 2020 Traveling with his wife, four children and three nieces in the vehicle, Daniel Rawlings allegedly bypassed the barricade and the vehicle was caught up in the rushing water, reports KPHO. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Parents Indicted After Allegedly Driving Around Barrier into Floodwaters, Causing 3 Kids to Drown," 1 Dec. 2020 The library also holds a large wooden table that was used as a barricade by the Spanish during a battle in the Philippines in 1898. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Things are shipshape at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in D.C.," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of barricade

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for barricade

Verb

borrowed from Middle French, noun derivative of barricade barricade entry 2

Noun

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, from barrique "barrel," a typical component of barricades (borrowed from Gascon barriqua, probably going back to pre-Latin *barrīca) + -ade -ade

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The first known use of barricade was in 1592

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26 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barricade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barricade. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for barricade

barricade

verb
How to pronounce barricade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to block (something) so that people or things cannot enter or leave

barricade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

: a temporary wall, fence, or similar structure that is built to prevent people from entering a place or area

barricade

verb
bar·​ri·​cade | \ ˈber-ə-ˌkād How to pronounce barricade (audio) \
barricaded; barricading

Kids Definition of barricade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to block off with a temporary barrier

barricade

noun

Kids Definition of barricade (Entry 2 of 2)

: a temporary barrier for protection against attack or for blocking the way

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