portcullis

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port·cul·lis

 (pôrt-kŭl′ĭs)
n.
A grating of iron or wooden bars or slats, suspended in the gateway of a fortified place and lowered to block passage.

[Middle English port-colice, from Old French porte coleice, sliding gate : porte, gate (from Latin porta; see per- in Indo-European roots) + coleice, feminine of coleis, sliding (from Vulgar Latin *cōlātīcius, from Latin cōlātus, past participle of cōlāre, to filter, strain, from cōlum, sieve).]

portcullis

(pɔːtˈkʌlɪs)
n
(Architecture) an iron or wooden grating suspended vertically in grooves in the gateway of a castle or fortified town and able to be lowered so as to bar the entrance
[C14 port colice, from Old French porte coleïce sliding gate, from porte door, entrance + coleïce, from couler to slide, flow, from Late Latin cōlāre to filter]

port•cul•lis

(pɔrtˈkʌl ɪs, poʊrt-)

n.
a strong grating, as of iron, made to slide along vertical grooves at the sides of the gateway of a castle or fortified place and let down to prevent passage.
[1300–50; Middle English portecolys < Middle French porte coleice]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portcullis - gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified townportcullis - gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified town; can be lowered to prevent passage
gate - a movable barrier in a fence or wall
Translations

portcullis

[pɔːtˈkʌlɪs] Nrastrillo m

portcullis

[pɔːrtˈkʌlɪs] nherse f

portcullis

nFallgitter nt, → Fallgatter nt

portcullis

[pɔːtˈkʌlɪs] nsaracinesca
References in classic literature ?
Each barbican was portcullised, while the inner gates were similarly safeguarded in addition to the drawbridges which, spanning the moat when lowered, could be drawn up at the approach of an enemy, effectually stopping his advance.