Definitions for: Castle


[n] interchanging the positions of the king and a rook
[n] a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack
[n] (chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard
[n] a large and stately mansion
[v] move the king two squares toward a rook and in the same move the rook to the square next past the king; in chess



Webster (1913) Definition: Cas"tle, n. [AS. castel, fr. L. castellum, dim. of
castrum a fortified place, castle.]
1. A fortified residence, especially that of a prince or
nobleman; a fortress.

The house of every one is to him castle and
fortress, as well for his defense againts injury and
violence, as for his repose. --Coke.

Our castle's strength Will laugh a siege to scorn.
--Shak.

Note: Originally the medi[ae]val castle was a single strong
tower or keep, with a palisaded inclosure around it and
inferior buidings, such as stables and the like, and
surrounded by a moat; then such a keep or donjon, with
courtyards or baileys and accessory buildings of
greater elaboration a great hall and a chapel, all
surrounded by defensive walls and a moat, with a
drawbridge, etc. Afterwards the name was retained by
large dwellings that had formerly been fortresses, or
by those which replaced ancient fortresses.


Cas"tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Castled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Castling.] (Chess)
To move the castle to the square next to king, and then the
king around the castle to the square next beyond it, for the
purpose of covering the king.

Synonyms: castling, palace, rook

See Also: Balmoral Castle, Buckingham Palace, chess move, chess piece, chessman, donjon, dungeon, fortification, go, great hall, hall, keep, manse, mansion, mansion house, move, munition, residence, turret

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