palisades; palisaded; palisading

A palisade is a heavy-duty fence that's strong enough to keep out intruders, like one you might see around a military camp.

Traditionally, palisades were built with wooden stakes around small forts or castles as a way to keep out enemies. There's evidence that this kind of fence was often used in ancient Greece and Rome. More modern palisades are made out of metal and give protection to houses in dangerous neighborhoods, for example. The root word is the Latin palus, which means "stake."

Definitions of palisade
  1. noun
    fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground
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    type of:
    fortification, munition
    defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
  2. verb
    surround with a wall in order to fortify
    synonyms: fence, fence in, surround, wall
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    surround with a stockade in order to fortify
    surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
    type of:
    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
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