paling

[ pey-ling ]
/ ˈpeɪ lɪŋ /

noun

Also called paling fence. picket fence.
a pale or picket for a fence.
pales collectively.
the act of building a fence with pales.

Origin of paling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pale2, -ing1

Definition for paling (2 of 3)

pale

1
[ peyl ]
/ peɪl /

adjective, pal·er, pal·est.

verb (used without object), paled, pal·ing.

to become pale: to pale at the sight of blood.
to seem less important, remarkable, etc., especially when compared with something else: Platinum is so rare that even gold pales in comparison.

verb (used with object)

to make pale.

Origin of pale

1
1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pallidus pallid

SYNONYMS FOR pale

1 Pale, pallid, wan imply an absence of color, especially from the human countenance. Pale implies a faintness or absence of color, which may be natural when applied to things, the pale blue of a violet, but when used to refer to the human face usually means an unnatural and often temporary absence of color, as arising from sickness or sudden emotion: pale cheeks. Pallid , limited mainly to the human countenance, implies an excessive paleness induced by intense emotion, disease, or death: the pallid lips of the dying man. Wan implies a sickly paleness, as after a long illness: wan and thin; the suggestion of weakness may be more prominent than that of lack of color: a wan smile.
5 blanch, lose color.

Related forms

pale·ly, adverbpale·ness, noun

Can be confused

pale pailpale pall pallor

Definition for paling (3 of 3)

pale

2
[ peyl ]
/ peɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), paled, pal·ing.

to enclose with pales; fence.
to encircle or encompass.

Origin of pale

2
1300–50; Middle English (north), Old English pāl < Latin pālus stake. See peel3, pole1
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British Dictionary definitions for paling (1 of 3)

paling

/ (ˈpeɪlɪŋ) /

noun

a fence made of pales
pales collectively
a single pale
the act of erecting pales

British Dictionary definitions for paling (2 of 3)

pale

1
/ (peɪl) /

adjective

verb

to make or become pale or paler; blanch
(intr often foll by before) to lose superiority or importance (in comparison to)her beauty paled before that of her hostess

Derived Forms

palely, adverbpaleness, noun

Word Origin for pale

C13: from Old French palle, from Latin pallidus pale, from pallēre to look wan

British Dictionary definitions for paling (3 of 3)

pale

2
/ (peɪl) /

noun

verb

(tr) to enclose with pales

Word Origin for pale

C14: from Old French pal, from Latin pālus stake; compare pole 1
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Idioms and Phrases with paling

pale


see beyond the pale.

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