- any one of a row of large pointed stakes set in the ground to form a fence used for fortification or defense
- a fence of such stakes
- [pl.] a line of very steep cliffs, usually along a river
Origin of palisadeFrench palissade from Provençal palisada from palisa, a pale from Classical Latin palus, a stake, pale
transitive verb-·sad′ed, -·sad′ing
- a. A fence of pales forming a defense barrier or fortification.b. One of the pales of such a fence.
- palisades A line of lofty steep cliffs, usually along a river.
transitive verbpal·i·sad·ed, pal·i·sad·ing, pal·i·sades
Origin of palisadeFrench palissade from Old French from Old Provençal palissada from palissa stake from Vulgar Latin pālīcea from Latin pālus ; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present palisades, present participle palisading, simple past and past participle palisaded)
- (usually in the passive) To equip with a palisade.