fenc·​ing | \ ˈfen(t)-siŋ How to pronounce fencing (audio) \

Definition of fencing

1 : the art or practice of attack and defense with the foil, épée, or saber
(2) : the fences of a property or region
b : material used for building fences

Examples of fencing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But for the first time in weeks, all of the chain-link fencing that had surrounded the building was gone. oregonlive, "30th night of Portland protests ends in dispersal orders, munitions and use of force by police," 27 June 2020 The Rotary has recruited more than 30 volunteers, including many Boy Scouts, who check twice per day to ensure the goats have water and the electrical fencing stays hot. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A herd of 38 goats is helping landscape a Mequon park by chewing away weeds," 24 June 2020 In total, more than 660 miles of fencing has been funded to date. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Trump has put up more border wall during coronavirus pandemic than any point in his presidency," 23 June 2020 At the luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue, windows were boarded up, then covered in chain-link fencing and razor wire. The Christian Science Monitor, "Floyd protests calmer as police officers face new charges," 4 June 2020 On the other, southern side of the White House, parts of the temporary fencing were also being dismantled. USA TODAY, "Volunteers, Smithsonian museums want to save White House protest art," 12 June 2020 Protesters moved much of the artwork on the morning of June 10, relocating some to a nearby wall, as the National Park Service contemplated when to remove the fencing. Washington Post, "A gallery of pain and protest," 10 June 2020 House and Senate Democrats are calling for President Trump to remove more than 1 mile of temporary fencing installed around Lafayette Square and parts of the Ellipse in order to greatly expand the protective bubble around the White House. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Army open to renaming 10 US bases named for Confederate heroes of the Civil War," 9 June 2020 The owners encased the additional patio with temporary fencing, which has boosted the brewery's outdoor capacity to 125 to 150 people, plus about 60 inside, Slater said. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Is outdoor dining the future for restaurants in Northeast Ohio?," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of fencing

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fencing was in 1578

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5 Jul 2020

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“Fencing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fencing. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fencing

: the art or sport of fighting with swords
: material that is used for making fences


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Kids Definition of fencing

: the sport of having a pretended fight with blunted swords

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