from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A grating of iron or wooden bars or slats, suspended in the gateway of a fortified place and lowered to block passage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A gate in the form of a grating which is lowered into place at the entrance to a castle, fort, etc.
- v. To obstruct with, or as with, a portcullis; to shut; to bar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A grating of iron or of timbers pointed with iron, hung over the gateway of a fortress, to be let down to prevent the entrance of an enemy.
- n. An English coin of the reign of Elizabeth, struck for the use of the East India Company; -- so called from its bearing the figure of a portcullis on the reverse.
- transitive v. To obstruct with, or as with, a portcullis; to shut; to bar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, a strong grating of timber or iron, somewhat resembling a harrow, made to slide in vertical grooves in the jambs of the entrance-gate of a fortified place, to protect the gate in case of assault.
- n. In heraldry: Same as lattice
- n. The representation of a portcullis: a rare bearing, but familiar in English art of the fifteenth century from its adoption as a badge by the Tudors and in the city arms of Westminster.
- n. One of the pursuivants of the English College of Heralds: so called from his distinctive badge.
- n. A coin struck in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, with a portcullis stamped on the reverse.
- To arm or furnish with a portcullis; hence, to bar; obstruct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified town; can be lowered to prevent passage
Middle English port-colice, from Old French porte coleice, sliding gate : porte, gate (from Latin porta; see per-2 in Indo-European roots) + coleice, feminine of coleis, sliding (from Vulgar Latin *cōlātīcius, from Latin cōlātus, past participle of cōlāre, to filter, strain, from cōlum, sieve).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman porte coliz and Old French porte coulëice, from porte ("door") + feminine of colëis ("sliding"), from couler ("to flow"). (Wiktionary)