Definition of palisade :
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Any fence made of pales or sharp stakes.
4. To surround, inclose, or fortify, with palisades.
cliff (part of speech: noun)
- Dashing down the ditch, and climbing the steep bank behind it the Iceni planted their ladders against the palisade, and swarming over it poured into the camp before the Romans had time to gather to oppose them. - "Beric the Briton A Story of the Roman Invasion", G. A. Henty.
- Pioneers proudly told strangers to Jansen of the girl of thirteen who rode a hundred and twenty miles without food, and sank inside the palisade of the Hudson Bay Company's fort, as the gates closed upon the settlers taking refuge, the victim of brain fever at last. - "Northern Lights", Gilbert Parker.
- A heavy embankment of earth was thrown up on the inner side of the palisade of tree- trunks, and upon this were mounted a number of great guns. - "The Flamingo Feather", Kirk Munroe.