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[pal-uh-seyd] /ˌpæl əˈseɪd/
a fence of pales or stakes set firmly in the ground, as for enclosure or defense.
any of a number of pales or stakes pointed at the top and set firmly in the ground in a close row with others to form a defense.
palisades, a line of cliffs.
verb (used with object), palisaded, palisading.
to furnish or fortify with a palisade.
Origin of palisade
1590-1600; < French palissade < Old Provençal palissada, equivalent to paliss(a) paling (derivative of pal stake, pale2) + -ada -ade1
Related forms
unpalisaded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for palisade
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  • At nightfall a sharp lookout was kept, not only on the palisade but from the top of the rajah's house.

  • A palisade in fortification; but for its naval application, see Reeming.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • We went to the rampart—a small height formed by nature and fortified by a palisade.

    Marie Alexander Pushkin
  • Against such an invasion the palisade was but an insufficient barrier.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
  • She was surprised to find the gate of the palisade open and still more astonished to see a tall figure in the kitchen.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster
  • Is any one protecting the palisade between the two points attacked?

    Mass' George George Manville Fenn
  • Early in August, 1346, there had been erected along the shore by the Castello dell' Ovo a palisade encircling a raised platform.

  • They shoot between the logs of the palisade down the narrow lane.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Accordingly a young and promising officer was thrust up to the top of the palisade.

    The Cavaliers of Virginia William A. Caruthers
  • There is a gateway through this palisade where you can go in.

    Rollo in Paris Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for palisade


a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground, esp for defence
one of the stakes used in such a fence
(botany) a layer of elongated mesophyll cells containing many chloroplasts, situated below the outer epidermis of a leaf blade
(transitive) to enclose with a palisade
Word Origin
C17: via French, from Old Provençal palissada, ultimately from Latin pālus stake; see pale², pole1
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Word Origin and History for palisade

"a fence of stakes," c.1600, from Middle French palissade (15c.), from Provençal palissada, from palissa "a stake or paling," from Gallo-Romance *palicea, from Latin palus "stake" (see pale (n.)). Military sense is attested from 1690s. The Palisades, along the Hudson River opposite New York City, so called by 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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