worm fence
noun Date: 1652 a zigzag fence consisting of interlocking rails supported by crossed poles — called also snake fence, Virginia fence

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Worm fence — Worm Worm (w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D. worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth. wa[ u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. {Vermicelli}, {Vermilion}, {Vermin}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A creeping or a crawling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worm fence — Fence 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worm fence — worm′ fence n. bui dial. Chiefly Midland U.S. snake fence • Etymology: 1645–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • worm fence — ☆ worm fence n. VIRGINIA (RAIL) FENCE …   English World dictionary

  • worm fence — noun rail fence consisting of a zigzag of interlocking rails • Syn: ↑snake fence, ↑snake rail fence, ↑Virginia fence • Hypernyms: ↑rail fence * * * noun : a zigzag fence with each section consisting of usually six to eight rails that interlock… …   Useful english dictionary

  • worm fence — /ˈwɜm fɛns/ (say werm fens) noun Chiefly US a fence of zigzag outline made of rails laid horizontally with the ends resting one across another at an angle; snake fence …   Australian English dictionary

  • worm fence — Chiefly Midland U.S. See snake fence. [1645 55, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • worm fence — Another term for rail fence …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Worm — (w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D. worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth. wa[ u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. {Vermicelli}, {Vermilion}, {Vermin}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worm abscess — Worm Worm (w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D. worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth. wa[ u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. {Vermicelli}, {Vermilion}, {Vermin}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A creeping or a crawling… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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