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paling Line breaks: pal¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪlɪŋ/

Definition of paling in English:


1A fence made from pointed wooden or metal posts.
Example sentences
  • The post and wire fence at the end of the road needed attention - in the long term, a hedge, wooden paling or stone wall would be attractive if a replacement is considered.
  • By employing wooden palings, building channels to divert rainwater and cultivating indigenous vegetation, the engineers claim to have demonstrated that Mother Nature can be nursed with ‘ecological therapy.’
  • We cross the threshold of the paling, pass beyond the encircling reach of timber walls.
1.1A post used in a paling.
Example sentences
  • The house, approached by a set of steps, stands behind a fence with iron palings and brick columns flanking an ‘eyeglass’ gate.
  • Some were working outside a thick palisade of wooden palings which ran circling outside the buildings.
  • Many of the stores have a courtyard at the back and a look through the dusty wooden palings of the doors reveals the street to be almost like a business convention some of the time.

Words that rhyme with paling

failing, grayling, mailing, railing, sailing, tailing, unavailing, veiling, wailing

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