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.
palisades, a line of cliffs.
verb (used with object), pal·i·sad·ed, pal·i·sad·ing.
to furnish or fortify with a palisade.
Origin of palisade
1590–1600;Related formsun·pal·i·sad·ed, adjective
< French palissade
< Old Provençal palissada,
equivalent to paliss(a
) paling (derivative of pal
) + -ada -ade1
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Examples from the Web for palisade
Historical Examples of palisade
They shoot between the logs of the palisade down the narrow lane.
There is a gateway through this palisade where you can go in.
I doubled up on the top of the palisade and hung there, yelling with laughter.
I froze on to the nearest daku and ran to the palisade, shoving him in front of me.
The hunters were soon at the palisade door and admitted; they had no game with them.
British Dictionary definitions for 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 for palisade
C17: via French, from Old Provençal palissada, ultimately from Latin pālus stake; see pale ², pole 1
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Word Origin and History for palisade
"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.
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