(skə-lād′, -läd′) also sca·la·do (-lā′dō, -lä′-)
n. pl. sca·lades also sca·la·dos Archaic
An act of scaling a wall; an escalade.

[Alteration of Italian scalata, from scala, ladder; see escalade.]
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(skəˈleɪd) or


n, pl -lades or -lados
(Military) short for escalade
[C16: from Old Italian scalada, from scala a ladder; see scale3]
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Then he goes on to brag to his buddy: "She did all this like a good girl and I took the opportunity of some dry horse-litter and gave her such a thundering scalade that electrified the very marrow of her bones."