- the line of cliffs in NE New Jersey and SE New York extending along the W bank of the lower Hudson River. About 15 miles (24 km) long; 300–500 feet (91–152 meters) high.
- a fence of pales or stakes set firmly in the ground, as for enclosure or defense.
- any of a number of pales or stakes pointed at the top and set firmly in the ground in a close row with others to form a defense.
- Botany. palisade parenchyma.
- palisades, a line of cliffs.
- to furnish or fortify with a palisade.
Origin of palisade
Examples from the Web for palisades
They gained the first and second palisades at the point of the sword.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
The palisades were of iron, though the tops were tipped with gilding, and they were very high.Rollo in Paris
The Vendeans had no axes to cut down the palisades, nor powder to blow then in.No Surrender!
G. A. Henty
They turned into a sort of lane that led below the palisades.A Little Girl in Old Detroit</p>
Amanda Minnie Douglas
But the rough bush lopers inside the palisades were expert marksmen.Canada: the Empire of the North</p>
Agnes C. Laut
- US and Canadian high cliffs in a line, often along a river, resembling a palisade
- a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground, esp for defence
- one of the stakes used in such a fence
- botany a layer of elongated mesophyll cells containing many chloroplasts, situated below the outer epidermis of a leaf blade
- (tr) to enclose with a palisade
Word Origin and History for palisades
"a fence of stakes," c.1600, from Middle French palissade (15c.), from Provençal palissada, from palissa "a stake or paling," from Gallo-Romance *palicea, from Latin palus "stake" (see pale (n.)). Military sense is attested from 1690s. The Palisades, along the Hudson River opposite New York City, so called by 1823.
- A line of steep, high cliffs, especially of basalt, usually along a river.