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1. A row of cliffs in northeast New Jersey along the western bank of the Hudson River. Much of the area is parkland.
2. A group of peaks of the Sierra Nevada in east-central California rising to 4,341 m (14,242 ft).
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(ˌpælɪˈseɪdz; ˈpælɪˌseɪdz)
pl n
(Physical Geography) US and Canadian high cliffs in a line, often along a river, resembling a palisade
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(ˌpæl əˈseɪdz)
the line of cliffs in NE New Jersey and SE New York extending along the W bank of the lower Hudson River. ab. 15 mi. (24 km) long; 300–500 ft. (91–152 m) high.
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A line of high cliffs, especially of basalt, usually along a river.
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References in classic literature ?
That they did not reply to his hail was no surprise, for natives are fearful of any voice that comes out of the night from beyond their palisades, attributing it always to some demon or other ghostly visitor; but still he continued to call.
For twenty long minutes the blood-curdling cries continued, until they seemed but a stone's throw from the palisade. Kaviri rose to flee, but Mugambi seized and held him, for such had been the command of Tarzan.
de Bragelonne continued to ride towards the palisades.
Here they set to work to build a new village, and in a month a great clearing had been made, huts and palisades erected, plantains, yams and maize planted, and they had taken up their old life in their new home.
* a fortification composed of palisades, called the barriers, which
"If there are even fifty guns within the palisade we shall be repulsed and slaughtered.
For a time she wandered about the little compound which had been reserved for the whites, but tiring of this she decided to extend her stroll beyond the palisade, a thing which she had never before done unless accompanied by von Horn--a thing both he and her father had cautioned her against.
When I had first sallied from the door, the other mutineers had been already swarming up the palisade to make an end of us.
Finally the lad caught a glimpse of a palisade a hundred yards ahead, and beyond it the tops of some goatskin tents and a number of thatched huts.
But now from beyond the palisade in the direction of the main gate came the hallooing of men and the answering calls and queries of the guard.
Bertha Kircher found herself alone in a small hut to the palisade at the far end of the village street, and though she was neither bound nor guarded, she was assured by Usanga that she could not escape the village without running into almost certain death in the jungle, which the villagers assured them was infested by lions of great size and ferocity.
But at last he had come within sight of the palisade behind which were his fierce companions.