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 Contra Costa County prosecutors charged a 30-year-old man who barricaded himself inside a San Pablo home with possession of a machine gun and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, officials said late Monday. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "SWAT team raid in San Pablo leads to multiple gun charges against man," 28 Jan. 2020 Other small communities have taken extreme measures to barricade themselves from the virus. Mike Stucka, USA TODAY, "The coronavirus curve bends toward reopening in hard-hit counties. Will it hold steady?," 24 Apr. 2020 This latest existential threat has once again prompted communities to barricade the entranceways to their lands — an attempt to prevent the spread of this disease. NBC News, "Isolated indigenous tribes risk extinction from coronavirus, experts say," 22 Apr. 2020 The outcome all depends on the strategy used to barricade the bunkers. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: A legend fatally underestimates a rookie," 16 Apr. 2020 Bearcats coach Luke Fickell and his staff continue to barricade the I-275 beltway nearly as well as the infamous orange barrels. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati football recruiting: La Salle defensive back Iesa Jarmon commits to UC Bearcats," 8 Apr. 2020 In the face of a looming COVID-19 disaster, many citizens are banding together spontaneously, hoping to barricade their city from collapse. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 6 Apr. 2020 Strange that at this moment in time, surrounded by the invisible threat of infection, we are supposed to be denying all contact, to retreat, to barricade our bodies from the world. Reif Larsen, New York Times, "How to See the World When You’re Stuck at Home," 24 Mar. 2020 As part of safety drills, many are learning how to hide in closets with their teachers, how to keep quiet and how to barricade doors — anything to increase their chances of survival. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "Teacher unions, gun-control advocates urge changes to active-shooter drills, citing student trauma," 12 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Add mini twigs or toy trees and barricades like sticks and rocks. oregonlive, "Teach kids about nature in their backyard: Grab a magnifier and study biomimicry," 12 May 2020 On Friday, police officers put up more barricades around the factory and were not letting anyone near it. New York Times, "As India Reopens, Deadly Accidents Break Out," 8 May 2020 While the homeless are being encouraged to use tents to shelter in place and avoid contact with others, the tents there are packed in behind police barricades — often within inches of each other. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "SF a magnet for homeless seeking free hotel rooms during coronavirus pandemic," 3 May 2020 One block east, Mt. Sinai has set up a tent hospital behind police barricades. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 29 Apr. 2020 Nearly 1,000 vehicles went through a busy highway toll booth at Wuhan's border between midnight – when barricades were lifted – and 7 a.m., according to Yan Xiangsheng, a district police chief. Sam Mcneil, The Christian Science Monitor, "After 11 weeks, Wuhan ends lockdown," 8 Apr. 2020 All along the route performers from across India performed dances and school children and locals lined up behind barricades to wave American and Indian flags. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Met by Modi’s Promised Pageantry On Arrival in India," 24 Mar. 2020 The city of Mobile, on Friday, set up barricade perimeters around two temporary drive-thru testing sites at The Grounds in west Mobile and at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. al, "Mobile health official clarifies reasoning for lack of coronavirus testing," 21 Mar. 2020 Shia Katz, who attended the funeral, said loudspeakers and Police Department barricades were set up to help control the crowd, which was mostly composed of young men because many older people stayed home out of fear of the virus. Liam Stack, New York Times, "2,500 Mourners Jam a Hasidic Funeral, Creating a Flash Point for de Blasio," 29 Apr. 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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Time Traveler for barricade

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The first known use of barricade was in 1592

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16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Barricade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barricade. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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barricade

verb
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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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