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 formspale·ly, adverbpale·ness, noun
Can be confusedpale 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 Formspalely, 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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