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Examples of palisade in a Sentence
the palisades that line the west bank of the Hudson River for about 15 miles
Recent Examples of palisade from the Web
The compound was hidden behind a tall palisade of cactus and purple bougainvillea.
Pauger's plans called for the city to be fortified with palisades on all sides.
The palisade fabric is similarly unconvincing, Bosak says, because such rock crystal formations could form from non-biological causes, such as after an asteroid impact.
The first castles were merely earthen heaps surrounded by a wooden palisade wall.
In fact, hardly anything was built until the 1729 Natchez Indian uprising, after which authorities erected a palisade and dug a shallow moat.
So, Jones says at this point, he is forced to conclude that the palisades have completely deteriorated beyond recovery.
This vertical, rippling, palisade texture forms when long filaments from microbial mats that exist at the outflows of hot springs get entombed in silica sediment that is common in the water.
Forts Borgona (Burgundy), San Fernando, and San Juan, which guarded the rear of the city, comprised earthen berms fortified with pickets and timber palisades and mounted with guns, fronted by a 30-foot-wide moat with four-foot-deep water.
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Did You Know?
Palisade derives via French from the Latin noun palus, meaning "stake." The word originally applied to one of a series of stakes set in a row to form an enclosure or fortification. "The Palisades" is also the name given to the line of traprock cliffs that stretches for about 15 miles along the western bank of the Hudson River in southeastern New York and northern New Jersey. Purportedly, these cliffs got their name from the resemblance of the tall rocks to rows of stakes or trees, although who exactly came up with the name is a matter of dispute. Before long "palisade" came to refer to any similar formation of tall cliffs.
PALISADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of palisade for English Language Learners
: a high fence made of pointed stakes that was used in the past to protect a building or area
palisades : a line of steep cliffs especially along a river or ocean
PALISADE Defined for Kids
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