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fence

noun, often attributive \ ˈfen(t)s \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of fence

1 archaic : a means of protection : defense
2 a : a barrier intended to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary; especially : such a barrier made of posts and wire or boards
b : an immaterial barrier or boundary line
  • on the other side of the fence in the argument
3 : fencing 1
4 a : a receiver of stolen goods
b : a place where stolen goods are bought

fenceless

play \ˈfen(t)s-ləs\ adjective

fencelessness

noun
on the fence
: in a position of neutrality or indecision

Examples of fence in a Sentence

  1. We put up a fence around our yard.

  2. the only way to prevent motorists from trying to use that unsafe bridge is to put a fence across the road leading to it

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Origin and Etymology of fence

Middle English fens, short for defens defense

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fence

verb

Definition of fence

fenced; fencing
transitive verb
1 a : to enclose with a fence
b (1) : to keep in or out with a fence
(2) : to ward off
2 : to provide a defense for
3 : to sell (stolen property) to a fence
intransitive verb
1 a : to practice fencing
b (1) : to use tactics of attack and defense resembling those of fencing
(2) : to parry arguments by shifting ground
2 archaic : to provide protection

fencer

noun

Examples of fence in a Sentence

  1. a house with a fenced-in yard

  2. He stole watches and fenced them on the street.

Recent Examples of fence from the Web

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First Known Use of fence

15th century



FENCE Defined for English Language Learners

fence

noun

Definition of fence for English Language Learners

  • : a structure like a wall built outdoors usually of wood or metal that separates two areas or prevents people or animals from entering or leaving

  • : a person who buys stolen property from thieves and sells it


fence

verb

Definition of fence for English Language Learners

  • : to put a fence around (a place or area)

  • : to keep (something or someone) in or out with a fence

  • : to fight with swords : to practice the art or sport of fencing


FENCE Defined for Kids

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fence

noun \ ˈfens \

Definition of fence for Students

: a barrier (as of wood or wire) to prevent escape or entry or to mark a boundary

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fence

verb

Definition of fence for Students

fenced; fencing
1 : to enclose with a fence
  • fence a yard
2 : to fight with swords : to practice the sport of fencing

fencer

noun

Law Dictionary

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fence

noun

legal Definition of fence

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

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fence

transitive verb

legal Definition of fence

fenced; fencing
1 a : to enclose with a fence
b : to keep in or out with a fence
2 : to sell (stolen property) to a fence


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