Definition of portcullis in English:
A strong, heavy grating sliding up and down in vertical grooves, lowered to block a gateway to a fortress or town.
- Unbroken, that is, except by the gate itself, with the heavy iron bars of the portcullis still lowered at this early hour.
- Erastus answered and the gate was lowered, the portcullis drawn up.
- The guard nodded to the old gatekeeper, who set to work hefting the chains that would raise the small portcullis that now blocked the way out into the city.
Words that rhyme with portcullisDulles
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