Definition of Fence

1. Noun. A barrier that serves to enclose an area.

Exact synonyms: Fencing
Specialized synonyms: Backstop, Chainlink Fence, Hedge, Hedgerow, Paling, Picket Fence, Rail Fence, Stone Wall, Wall, Weir
Generic synonyms: Barrier
Group relationships: Fence Line

2. Verb. Enclose with a fence. "We fenced in our yard"
Exact synonyms: Fence In
Generic synonyms: Close In, Enclose, Inclose, Shut In
Derivative terms: Fencing

3. Noun. A dealer in stolen property.
Language type: Colloquialism
Generic synonyms: Bargainer, Dealer, Monger, Trader

4. Verb. Receive stolen goods.
Generic synonyms: Have, Receive

5. Verb. Fight with fencing swords.
Generic synonyms: Contend, Fight, Struggle
Specialized synonyms: Block, Deflect, Parry
Derivative terms: Fencer, Fencing

6. Verb. Surround with a wall in order to fortify.
Exact synonyms: Fence In, Palisade, Surround, Wall
Generic synonyms: Protect
Specialized synonyms: Stockade, Circumvallate
Derivative terms: Palisade, Surround, Wall, Wall, Wall
Also: Wall In, Wall Up

7. Verb. Have an argument about something. "Sam wants to fence with Sue "

Definition of Fence

1. n. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield.

2. v. t. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard.

3. v. i. To make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence.

Definition of Fence

1. Noun. A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter. ¹

2. Noun. A middleman for transactions of stolen goods. ¹

3. Noun. The place whence such a middleman operates. ¹

4. Noun. Skill in oral debate. ¹

5. Noun. The art or practice of fencing. ¹

6. Noun. A guard or guide on machinery. ¹

7. Noun. (figuratively) A barrier, for example an emotional barrier. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To enclose, contain or separate by building fence. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To defend or guard. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To engage in (the sport) fencing. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) (qualifier equestrian) To jump over a fence. ¹

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Definition of Fence

1. to practice the art of fencing [v FENCED, FENCING, FENCES]

Medical Definition of Fence

1. 1. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard. "To fence my ear against thy sorceries." (Milton) 2. To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by an inclosure. "O thou wall! . . . Dive in the earth, And fence not Athens." (Shak) "A sheepcote fenced about with olive trees." (Shak) To fence the tables, to make a solemn address to those who present themselves to commune at the Lord's supper, on the feelings appropriate to the service, in order to hinder, so far as possible, those who are unworthy from approaching the table. Origin: Fencing. 1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield. "Let us be backed with God and with the seas, Which he hath given for fence impregnable." (Shak) "A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath." (Addison) 2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from without or straying from within. "Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold." (Milton) In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a fence. 3. A projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking. 4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and repartee. See Fencing. "Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric, That hath so well been taught her dazzing fence." (Milton) "Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence." (Macaulay) 5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are received. Origin: Abbrev. From defence. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fence

fen orchid
fen orchis
fenamic acid
fence (current term)
fence in
fence line
fence lizard
fence mending
fence month
fence months
fence off
fence rail
fenced in

Literary usage of Fence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"Vaugh- an to go and move the fence. Vaughan went | going ; that he had a message directing him to to move the fence, and from a ..."

2. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"A " Virginia " fence. 1817 An elegant improvement is s cabin of rude logs, ... 1829 She thinks no more of a ditch or a moderate worm-fence than she does of ..."

3. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"THE OLD LINE fence ZIQ-ZAGGING it went On the line of the farm, And the trouble it caused Was often quite warm, THE OLD LINE fence. ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"There was л fence on the south line of it in 1869, which was quite an old fence ... to a reed fence to give shelter to his garden from L • the north winds, ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature by William Johnson (1859)
"His present memory did not enable him to say, that the fence went farther ... Miller said he saw, when young, a fence, which extended to the Mill Creek, ..."

6. Pacific Reporter by West Publishing Company (1886)
"Evidence under railroad fence laws—Injuries to animals. ... Constitutionality of fence laws. 227. Contributory negligence of owner as defense in actions ..."

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