Portcullis

Definition of Portcullis

Port`cul´lis
n.1.(Fort.) A grating of iron or of timbers pointed with iron, hung over the gateway of a fortress, to be let down to prevent the entrance of an enemy.
She . . . the huge portcullis high updrew.
- Milton.
2.An English coin of the reign of Elizabeth, struck for the use of the East India Company; - so called from its bearing the figure of a portcullis on the reverse.
v. t.1.To obstruct with, or as with, a portcullis; to shut; to bar.
[imp. & p. p. Portcullised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Portcullising.]

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