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paling

[ pey-ling ]
/ ˈpeɪ lɪŋ /
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noun

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

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Origin of paling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pale2, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for paling

paling
/ (ˈpeɪlɪŋ) /

noun

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