Fend Fend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fending}.] [Abbrev. fr. defend.] To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; -- often with off; as, to fend off blows. [1913 Webster]

With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{To fend off a boat} or {To fend off a vessel} (Naut.), to prevent its running against anything with too much violence. [1913 Webster]

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