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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. 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;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Portcullis \Port*cul"lis\, n. [OF. porte coulisse, cole["i]ce, a sliding door, fr. L. colare, colatum, to filter, to strain: cf. F. couler to glide. See Port a gate, and cf. Cullis, Colander.] 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. "Let the portcullis fall." --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] She . . . the huge portcullis high updrew. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Portcullis \Port*cul"lis\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Portcullised; p. pr. & vb. n. Portcullising.] To obstruct with, or as with, a portcullis; to shut; to bar. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

portcullis n 1: 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