|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
A military fortress (1 Chronicles 11:7), also probably a kind of tower used by the priests for making known anything discovered at a distance (1 Chronicles 6:54). Castles are also mentioned (Genesis 25:16) as a kind of watch-tower, from which shepherds kept watch over their flocks by night. The "castle" into which the chief captain commanded Paul to be brought was the quarters of the Roman soldiers in the fortress of Antonia (so called by Herod after his patron Mark Antony), which was close to the north-west corner of the temple (Acts 21:34), which it commanded.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A fortified residence, especially that of a prince or nobleman; a fortress.
2. (n.) Any strong, imposing, and stately mansion.
3. (n.) A small tower, as on a ship, or an elephant's back.
4. (n.) A piece, made to represent a castle, used in the game of chess; a rook.
5. (v. i.) 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.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Castle (26 Occurrences)
Luke 11:21 "Whenever a strong man, fully armed and equipped, is guarding his own castle, he enjoys peaceful possession of his property; (WEY)
Acts 21:34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Acts 21:37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Acts 22:24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Acts 23:16 And when Paul's sister's son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Acts 23:32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle: (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
1 Kings 16:18 It happened, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the castle of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died, (WEB JPS ASV)
2 Kings 15:25 Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him, and struck him in Samaria, in the castle of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh; and with him were fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his place. (WEB JPS ASV NAS)
1 Chronicles 11:5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David. (KJV WBS)
1 Chronicles 11:7 And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David. (KJV WBS)
Nehemiah 1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it came to pass in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, (See JPS)
Nehemiah 2:8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the castle which appertains to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. The king granted me, according to the good hand of my God on me. (WEB JPS ASV)
Nehemiah 7:2 that I put my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the governor of the castle, in charge of Jerusalem; for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many. (WEB JPS ASV RSV)
Esther 1:2 that in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace, (See JPS)
Esther 1:5 And when these days were fulfilled, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace. (See JPS)
Esther 2:3 and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hegai the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given them; (See JPS)
Esther 2:5 There was a certain Jew in Shushan the palace, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, (See JPS)
Esther 2:8 So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was taken into the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women. (See JPS)
Esther 3:15 The posts went forth in haste by the king's commandment, and the decree was given out in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city of Shushan was perplexed. (See JPS)
Esther 8:14 So the posts that rode upon swift steeds that were used in the king's service went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment; and the decree was given out in Shushan the palace. (See JPS)
Esther 9:6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men. (See JPS)
Esther 9:11 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king. (See JPS)
Esther 9:12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what then have they done in the rest of the king's provinces! Now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done. (See JPS)
Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city; and disputes are like the bars of a castle. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS RSV)
Isaiah 25:2 For thou hast made of a city a heap, of a fortified city a ruin, a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. (See JPS)
Daniel 8:2 And I saw in the vision; now it was so, that when I saw, I was in Shushan the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision, and I was by the river Ulai. (See JPS)