fenc·​ing ˈfen(t)-siŋ How to pronounce fencing (audio)
: the art or practice of attack and defense with the foil, épée, or saber
: the fences of a property or region
: material used for building fences

Examples of fencing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just one year after creating the fencing company, Glidden sold his half of the business to the Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company of Worcester, Massachusetts, according to Encyclopedia online. Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 24 Nov. 2023 But race organizers have shrouded the Strip in black tarp and fencing, and covered the glass on pedestrian walkways with white film and floodlights, obscuring the festivities from those without a $1,000 ticket. Jack Healy, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 This eastern wall is less about fencing than about the ceaseless struggle between order and disorder that forced frequent maintenance. Robert Thorson, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 Researchers recommend livestock insurance coverage, improved fencing measures, and awareness campaigns for residents to minimize possible harm. Angela Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Nov. 2023 People think putting a lock on fencing at viewpoints is a great way to show love for another person. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 Additionally, the installation of barriers, fencing, and signage will be completed. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, 25 Oct. 2023 The blast bent metal fencing and shattered windows. Heba Farouk Mahfouz, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 Think architectural post fencing (aka: sleeper screening) dotted along a wave of grasses giving a Sea Ranch coastal vibe, or stone pathways softened with a mix of silver and sage ground covers offering a painterly palette full of texture. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 18 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fencing was in 1578

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“Fencing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fencing. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the art or practice of attack and defense with a sword
: material for fences
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