Fence Fence, v. i. 1. To make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence. [1913 Webster]

Vice is the more stubborn as well as the more dangerous evil, and therefore, in the first place, to be fenced against. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. To practice the art of attack and defense with the sword or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the point only. [1913 Webster]

He will fence with his own shadow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc. [1913 Webster]

They fence and push, and, pushing, loudly roar; Their dewlaps and their sides are bat?ed in gore. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

As when a billow, blown against, Falls back, the voice with which I fenced A little ceased, but recommenced. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Fence — (f[e^]ns), n. [Abbrev. from defence.] 1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield. [1913 Webster] Let us be backed with God and with the seas, Which he hath given for fence impregnable. Shak. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fence — 1 n 1: a barrier intended to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary 2 a: a receiver of stolen goods b: a place where stolen goods are bought fence 2 vt fenced, fenc·ing 1 a: to enclose with a fence …   Law dictionary

  • Fence — Fence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fenced} (f[e^]nst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fencing} (f[e^]n s[i^]ng).] 1. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard. [1913 Webster] To fence my ear against thy sorceries. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fence — fence; fence·less; fence·row; fence·less·ness; of·fence; …   English syllables

  • fence — [fens] n. [ME fens, aphetic for defens, DEFENSE] 1. Obs. a protection; defense 2. a barrier, as of wooden or metal posts, rails, wire mesh, etc., used as a boundary or means of protection or confinement 3. the art of self defense with foil, saber …   English World dictionary

  • fence — ► NOUN 1) a barrier enclosing an area, typically consisting of posts connected by wire, wood, etc. 2) a large upright obstacle in steeplechasing, showjumping, or cross country. 3) informal a dealer in stolen goods. 4) a guard or guide on a plane… …   English terms dictionary

  • fence — [n] barrier used to enclose a piece of land backstop, balustrade, bar, barbed wire, barricade, block, boards, chains, Cyclone, defense, dike, guard, hedge, net, paling, palisade, pickets, posts, rail, railing, rampart, roadblock, shield, stakes,… …   New thesaurus

  • fence — ● fence nom masculin (anglais fence) Obstacle de steeple chase constitué par une barrière de planches …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fence — [fens] verb [intransitive] informal LAW to buy and sell stolen goods: • The police suspect he has been fencing electronic equipment …   Financial and business terms

  • fence — vb 1 *enclose, envelop, pen, coop, corral, cage, wall Analogous words: confine, circumscribe, *limit: *surround, gird, environ 2 *dodge, parry, sidestep, duck, shirk, malinger Analogous words: evade, avoid, shun, elude (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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