from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fence of pales forming a defense barrier or fortification.
- n. One of the pales of such a fence.
- n. A line of lofty steep cliffs, usually along a river.
- transitive v. To equip or fortify with palisades or a palisade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wall of wooden stakes, used as a defensive barrier
- n. A line of cliffs
- n. An even row of cells. e.g.: palisade mesophyll cells.
- v. To equip with a palisade.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Any fence made of pales or sharp stakes.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To surround, inclose, or fortify, with palisades.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fence made of strong pales or stakes set firmly in the ground, forming an inclosure, or used as a defense.
- n. A stake, of which two or more were in former times carried by dragoons, intended to be planted in the ground for defense.
- n. A wire sustaining the hair: a feature of the head-dress of the close of the seventeenth century.
- n. plural
- n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground
- v. surround with a wall in order to fortify
French palissade, from Old French, from Old Provençal palissada, from palissa, stake, from Vulgar Latin *pālīcea, from Latin pālus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French palissade, from Old French, from Old Provençal palissada, from palissa ("stake"), from Gallo-Romance *pālīcea, from Latin pālus ("stake"). (Wiktionary)