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[muh-sah-duh; Hebrew muh-tsah-dah] /məˈsɑ də; Hebrew mə tsɑˈdɑ/

a mountaintop fortress in E Israel on the SW shore of the Dead Sea: site of Zealots’ last stand against the Romans during revolt of a.d. 66–73.
an ancient mountaintop fortress in Israel, 400 m (1300 ft) above the W shore of the Dead Sea: the last Jewish stronghold during a revolt in Judaea (66–73 ad). Besieged by the Romans for a year, almost all of the inhabitants killed themselves rather than surrender. The site is an Israeli national monument


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