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palisade

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noun pal·i·sade \ˌpa-lə-ˈsād\

Definition of palisade

  1. 1a :  a fence of stakes especially for defenseb :  a long strong stake pointed at the top and set close with others as a defense

  2. 2 :  a line of bold cliffs

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Examples of palisade in a Sentence

  1. the palisades that line the west bank of the Hudson River for about 15 miles

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.

Origin and Etymology of palisade

French palissade, ultimately from Latin palus stake — more at pole


First Known Use: 1588


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palisade

verb pal·i·sade

Definition of palisade

palisaded

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palisading

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fortify with palisades

1632

First Known Use of palisade

1632


PALISADE Defined for English Language Learners

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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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noun pal·i·sade \ˌpa-lə-ˈsād\

Definition of palisade for Students

  1. 1 :  a fence made of poles to protect against attack

  2. 2 :  a line of steep cliffs



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