Noun(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
(1) The iron portcullis was slowly lowered down, but she saw no one in sight.(2) He paused before passing through the first gate and into the short passageway between the entrance to the fortress and the inner portcullis .(3) The guard nodded to the old gatekeeper, who set to work hefting the chains that would raise the small portcullis that now blocked the way out into the city.(4) In addition, a medieval style archway will be put up across Churchgate from January 11 until January 25 and it will be built complete with turrets, a portcullis and arrow slits.(5) Visitors to the Richard III Museum are still able to operate the portcullis 's mechanism, and it could be lowered if necessary.(6) The gateway into the courtyard had been closed off by a portcullis , guarded by guards bristling with weapons.(7) Erastus answered and the gate was lowered, the portcullis drawn up.(8) The way across into the first circle was a stone and cobbled bridge, arched by stone and wood semi-circles and blocked by a huge portcullis .(9) Unbroken, that is, except by the gate itself, with the heavy iron bars of the portcullis still lowered at this early hour.(10) To create a medieval feel, the towers will have arrow slits and cars will be able to drive under the archway beneath a raised portcullis .(11) I heartily approve of the Civic Trust's proposal to lower the portcullis at Bootham Bar.(12) Impressive, but all the buildings have a bit of castle in them - a turret here, a portcullis there.(13) Sticking his head down through the entrance, he saw the portcullis was up and he wondered how to lower it.(14) The gateway was equipped with a portcullis , but it was raised and the entry was protected only by a light, almost ornamental iron lattice.(15) I panicked, and scrambled to the back of the wagon again as the portcullis lifted to admit us to the courtyard.(16) The massively arched door, in the style of a portcullis , is defended on either side by rampant lions, petrified in mid-snarl.
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