from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fence of pales forming a defense barrier or fortification.
  • noun One of the pales of such a fence.
  • noun A line of lofty steep cliffs, usually along a river.
  • transitive verb To equip or fortify with palisades or a palisade.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fence made of strong pales or stakes set firmly in the ground, forming an inclosure, or used as a defense.
  • noun A stake, of which two or more were in former times carried by dragoons, intended to be planted in the ground for defense.
  • noun A wire sustaining the hair: a feature of the head-dress of the close of the seventeenth century.
  • noun plural
  • noun A precipice of trap-rock on the western bank of the Hudson river, extending from Fort Lee northward about fifteen miles. Its height is from 200 to 500 feet. The name is also used in various other localities for formations of a similar character.
  • To surround, inclose, or fortify with a palisade or palisades.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To surround, inclose, or fortify, with palisades.
  • noun (Fort.) A strong, long stake, one end of which is set firmly in the ground, and the other is sharpened; also, a fence formed of such stakes set in the ground as a means of defense.
  • noun Any fence made of pales or sharp stakes.
  • noun A line of bold cliffs, esp. one showing basaltic columns; -- usually in pl., and orig. used as the name of the cliffs on the west bank of the lower Hudson.
  • noun (Bot.) vertically elongated parenchyma cells, such as are seen beneath the epidermis of the upper surface of many leaves.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a nematoid worm (Strongylus armatus), parasitic in the blood vessels of the horse, in which it produces aneurisms, often fatal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A wall of wooden stakes, used as a defensive barrier
  • noun A line of cliffs
  • noun biology An even row of cells. e.g.: palisade mesophyll cells.
  • verb transitive To equip with a palisade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground
  • verb surround with a wall in order to fortify


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French palissade, from Old French, from Old Provençal palissada, from palissa, stake, from Vulgar Latin *pālīcea, from Latin pālus; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French palissade, from Old French, from Old Provençal palissada, from palissa ("stake"), from Gallo-Romance *pālīcea, from Latin pālus ("stake").


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