Hawkins put up the first "paling" fence that had ever adorned the village; and he did not stop there, but whitewashed it.
Between that garden and these grounds there is but a paling, which we can easily scale.
Clumps of dielytra and day-lilies bloomed behind the paling, and a crooked elm hung romantically over the gable of the house.
The stars were paling, but the day had not yet dawned, when there came a knock at the door.
The old woodman was leaning over its paling, and he nodded to them as they passed.
He dropped, trembling, flushing and paling, into the indicated seat.
The Alien said never a word; each looked the other hard in the eyes, paling.
Is there no danger of the creature springing over the paling?
The Chancellor wriggled on his chair, his face flushing and paling by turns; all eyes were bent upon him in anxious suspense.
"For me," said Judy, flushing and paling almost in the same moment.
early 14c., from Old French paile "pale, light-colored" (12c., Modern French pâle), from Latin pallidus "pale, pallid, wan, colorless," from pallere "be pale, grow pale," from PIE *pel- (2) "pale" (see pallor). Pale-face, supposed North American Indian word for "European," is attested from 1822.
early 13c. (c.1200 in Anglo-Latin), "stake, pole, stake for vines," from Old French pal and directly from Latin palus "stake, prop, wooden post," related to pangere "to fix or fasten" (see pact).
From late 14c. as "fence of pointed stakes;" figurative sense of "limit, boundary, restriction" is from c.1400. Barely surviving in beyond the pale and similar phrases. Meaning "the part of Ireland under English rule" is from 1540s, via sense of "territory held by power of a nation or people" (mid-15c.).
late 14c., "become pale; appear pale" (also, in Middle English, "to make pale"), from Old French paleir (12c.) or from pale (adj.). Related: Paled; paling.