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Line breaks: pal¦is|ade
Pronunciation: /ˌpalɪˈseɪd

Definition of palisade in English:


1A fence of wooden stakes or iron railings fixed in the ground, forming an enclosure or defence: at this time fortifications consisted mainly of earth banks and wooden palisades
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  • Houses may be round, square, or beehive-shaped; in some areas, clusters of huts are enclosed in wooden palisades.
  • Some were working outside a thick palisade of wooden palings which ran circling outside the buildings.
  • Alison Roberts, 20, from Exeter University, works on the palisade of the Iron Age settlement at Sutton Common, near Doncaster.
fence, paling, enclosure, defence, barricade, stockade, fortification, bulwark
1.1 historical A strong pointed wooden stake fixed in the ground with others in a close row, used as a defence.
Example sentences
  • This distinctive industry may have been tied to new timbering practices, such as posts and palisades at the town and mound centers.
  • The side was covered with a wooden palisade fence, with barbed wire on the top.
  • Steel palisade fences have now been put up to stem the tide of vandalism.
2 (palisades) US A line of high cliffs.
Example sentences
  • Most books mark the route's end where Santa Monica Boulevard intersects Ocean Avenue, on the palisades above Santa Monica State Beach.
  • It is a rousing thing to find yourself crossing the George Washington Bridge, the skyline of Manhattan falling away as the green palisades of New Jersey surge forward.
  • On top of this Palisade cliff where Palm trees sway with the ocean breeze, you will find a charming park, a mile long, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


[with object] (usually as adjective palisaded) Back to top  
Enclose or provide (a building or place) with a palisade: a palisaded earthwork once lay across the neck of the promontory
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  • Significantly, Fred Edwards and Hartley Fort have produced evidence for Late Woodland-Mississippian interaction and, like Aztalan in eastern Wisconsin, these sites were palisaded.
  • Water infatuation is implicit in the location of many henges, while the massive palisaded enclosures at West Kennet, partly visible from Silbury, straddled the Kennet.
  • The ditch and palisaded dyke would have made it difficult for Welsh raiders to enter England, but almost impossible for them to return laden with any booty such as cattle.


early 17th century: from French palissade, from Provençal palissada, from palissa 'paling', based on Latin palus 'stake'.

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