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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At this time fortifications consisted mainly of earth banks and wooden palisades.
▪ First-hog-of-summer and others ran to the palisade and peered at the forest edge.
▪ His temples were palisades against the world of outside iniquity.
▪ Originally this had four towers and a wooden palisade to protect the inhabitants.
▪ The whirling action stopped and something clattered off the palisade.
▪ The women slapped strips of painted leather against the palisade.
▪ This is hedged around by a palisade of long bristles.
▪ We used Forest palisade poles, which are pressure-treated with preservative and guaranteed to last for at least fifteen years.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Palisade \Pal`i*sade"\, n. [F. palissade, cf. Sp. palizada, It. palizzata, palizzo, LL. palissata; all fr. L. palus a stake, pale. See Pale a stake.]

  1. (Fort.) A strong, long stake, one end of which is set firmly in the ground, and the other is sharpened; also, a fence formed of such stakes set in the ground as a means of defense.

  2. Any fence made of pales or sharp stakes.

  3. A line of bold cliffs, esp. one showing basaltic columns; -- usually in pl., and orig. used as the name of the cliffs on the west bank of the lower Hudson.

    Palisade cells (Bot.), vertically elongated parenchyma cells, such as are seen beneath the epidermis of the upper surface of many leaves.

    Palisade worm (Zo["o]l.), a nematoid worm ( Strongylus armatus), parasitic in the blood vessels of the horse, in which it produces aneurisms, often fatal.


Palisade \Pal`i*sade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Palisaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Palisading.] [Cf. F. palissader.] To surround, inclose, or fortify, with palisades.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a fence of stakes," c.1600, from Middle French palissade (15c.), from Provençal palissada, from palissa "a stake or paling," from Gallo-Roman *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.


n. 1 A long, strong stake, one end of which is set firmly in the ground, and the other sharpened. 2 A wall of wooden stakes, used as a defensive barrier. 3 A line of cliffs, especially one showing basaltic columns. 4 (context biology English) An even row of cells. e.g.: palisade mesophyll cells. vb. (context transitive usually in the passive English) To equip with a palisade.

  1. n. fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground

  2. v. surround with a wall in order to fortify [syn: wall, fence, fence in, surround]

Palisade, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
Population (2000): 386
Housing Units (2000): 188
Land area (2000): 0.356859 sq. miles (0.924260 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.356859 sq. miles (0.924260 sq. km)
FIPS code: 38130
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 40.348408 N, 101.107126 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 69040
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Palisade, NE
Palisade, CO -- U.S. town in Colorado
Population (2000): 2579
Housing Units (2000): 1117
Land area (2000): 1.074809 sq. miles (2.783743 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.010805 sq. miles (0.027986 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.085614 sq. miles (2.811729 sq. km)
FIPS code: 56970
Located within: Colorado (CO), FIPS 08
Location: 39.109335 N, 108.354277 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 81526
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Palisade, CO
Palisade, MN -- U.S. city in Minnesota
Population (2000): 118
Housing Units (2000): 67
Land area (2000): 0.454019 sq. miles (1.175903 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.454019 sq. miles (1.175903 sq. km)
FIPS code: 49498
Located within: Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27
Location: 46.712784 N, 93.489425 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 56469
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Palisade, MN

A palisade—sometimes called a stakewall or a paling—is typically a fence or wall made from wooden stakes or tree trunks and used as a defensive structure or enclosure.

Palisade (disambiguation)

A palisade is a steel or wooden fence or wall of variable height, usually used as a defensive structure.

Palisade or Palisades also may refer to:

Usage examples of "palisade".

Reaching the edge of the wood, they could see a scattering of domed buildings in the clearing ahead, and beyond it the palisade wall of Brous, over which woodsmoke hung in a sullen wreath of grey.

Each maniple of five men cooked for itself, did its own laundry, made its own shelters from woven synthetics and rope, and contributed men for work on the encampment revetments and palisades.

A tall fence of manuka poles showed dramatically against the night sky, resembling in the half-light the palisade that had stood there in the days when the village was a fort.

On the third day we passed Mhag Fal, and I saw Tara in the distance, the mounded hill crowned by its double-ringed timber palisade.

They could not reach the palisades in the face of the withering fire from the musketoon, so they constructed a movable palisade of trees, behind which marched the entire band of warriors.

In silence they left the river and followed the track across an overgrazed pasture to the palisade gate.

As I passed through the palisade I heard my name called, and turning waited for Master Pory to come up.

Or I could let you look down into Potrero Canyon, an eroded earthquake crack which cuts through populous Pacific Palisades, another postal address in Los Angeles.

I had arrived four days before on tarnback at the black palisade that encircles the dreaded Sardar, those dark mountains, crowned with ice, consecrated to the Priest-Kings, forbidden to me, to mortals, to all creatures of flesh and blood.

No wonder the Priest-Kings hid behind their palisade in the Sardar and let the myths of the Initiates build a wall of human terror about them, no wonder they let their nature and ends be secret, no wonder they took such pains to conceal and obscure their plans and purposes, their devices, their instrumentation, their limitations!

Clouds of smoke drifted from the burning palisade, making it hard for Shahi to breathe.

Danny Fisher came skiting in, shied off from the man at the gate, and darted, distracted, along the palisade wall, looking for his horse, Wesson could guess, among the nighthorses that maintained an uneasy vigil at the den near the gate.

The ball struck the timber palisade of the Picurina, splintering the tree-trunks, driving the shards of unseasoned wood in vicious showers on the defenders, and it was the turn of the British to cheer.

Behind a palisade of split bamboo to protect the lawns and gardens from the attentions of the duiker and steenbok and kudu, it glowed like a green jewel in the sombre brown of the hills.

The largest of these, belonging to Joseph Storer, was surrounded by a palisade, and occupied by fifteen armed men, under Captain Convers, an officer of militia.