paling

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paling

  1. present participle of pale

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paling (plural palings)

  1. A pointed stick used to make a fence.
  2. A fence made of palings.
    • 1789, Alderman Le Mesurier[4], addressing the House of Commons, in The Parliamentary Register,[5] London: John Debrett, Volume 26, p. 172,[6]
      Gentlemen must have observed that many of the nurserymen’s plantations were wide and extensive, some of them covering several acres; and that their palings and fences were for the most part low, and might be so weak and out of repair, as to afford a very insufficient security against the inroads of robbers and spoilers.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), Chapter 12, page 142,[7]
      The park paling was still the boundary on one side, and she soon passed one of the gates into the ground.
  3. (Caribbean) A fence made of galvanized sheeting.[1]
    • 1961, V. S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas, London: André Deutsch, Part One, Chapter 3, p. 118,[8]
      He worked badly. He had to paint a large sign on a corrugated iron paling. Doing letters on a corrugated surface was bad enough; to paint a cow and a gate, as he had to, was maddening.

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  1. ^ Richard Allsopp and Jeannette Allsop (eds.) Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage, University of the West Indies Press, 2003.[1]

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch paling

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paling (plural palinge)

  1. eel

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

paal +‎ -ing

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paling m (plural palingen, diminutive palinkje n)

  1. eel

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