balisage

[ bal-uh-sahzh ]
/ ˈbæl əˌsɑʒ /

noun Military.

a method of marking a land route with dim lighting so that vehicles can travel at higher speeds in blackout conditions.

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Origin of balisage

<French, equivalent to balis(er) to place beacons, markers, buoys, etc., verbal derivative of balise beacon, buoy (<Portuguese baliza<Mozarabic <Vulgar Latin *pālītia;see palisade) + -age-age
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Example sentences from the Web for balisage

  • “Balizaze” is the Creole form of the French balisage, from balise, a sea mark, buoy—word adopted in our own nautical technology.

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