[ pal-uh-seydz ]
/ ˌpæl əˈseɪdz /


the line of cliffs in NE New Jersey and SE New York extending along the W bank of the lower Hudson River. About 15 miles (24 km) long; 300–500 feet (91–152 meters) high.

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Definition for palisades (2 of 2)

[ pal-uh-seyd ]
/ ˌpæl əˈseɪd /


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; < French palissade < Old Provençal palissada, equivalent to paliss(a) paling (derivative of pal stake, pale2) + -ada -ade1


un·pal·i·sad·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for palisades (1 of 2)

/ (ˌpælɪˈseɪdz, ˈpælɪˌseɪdz) /

pl n

US and Canadian high cliffs in a line, often along a river, resembling a palisade

British Dictionary definitions for palisades (2 of 2)

/ (ˌpælɪˈseɪd) /


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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Science definitions for palisades

[ păl′ĭ-sādz ]

A line of steep, high cliffs, especially of basalt, usually along a river.
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