fenc·​ing | \ˈfen(t)-siŋ \

Definition of fencing 

1 : the art or practice of attack and defense with the foil, épée, or saber

2a(1) : fence sense 2a

(2) : the fences of a property or region

b : material used for building fences

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The backyard is lined with electric fencing, surrounded by trees. Maytal Levi, Cincinnati.com, "Woman claims coyote attacked her puppy in Anderson Township," 12 July 2018 The typical ax-throwing arenas and target lanes are walled off with heavy chain-link fencing, and trained staff accompany patrons at all times. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Ax-throwing the latest trend in fun in San Antonio," 11 May 2018 The best way to prevent rabbit damage is to exclude them from your garden using fencing. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rabbits feasting on your garden? Wire fencing is your friend," 15 June 2018 Up to a point, that describes the foundation, with its fetishized lowdown materials like chipboard and orange construction fencing and slightly out-of-the-way location, south of the city’s center. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 In an era of fortified fencing, one new proposal aims to blur the international border between San Diego and Tijuana. Sandra Dibble, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Study sees two countries, one neighborhood at the U.S.-Mexico border," 11 June 2018 Representatives for the Hindu Temple of The Woodlands haggled with the seven members of the DSC during Wednesday’s meeting about a request to expand the parking lot at the temple which includes extra lighting and fencing. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands Township DSC News & Notes: May 16," 26 May 2018 The company sought the rezoning for an expansion and the additional property will have landscaping and privacy fencing, and has nearby property to house storm water for metered release, said attorney Todd Leeth, who represents the company. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Courthouse exterior renovation bids awarded in Porter County," 15 May 2018 The bricks, light poles, bleacher seats and fencing will be torn down to make way for a new tennis facility. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky baseball's stadium was more than a ballpark: 'It's the people'," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of fencing

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


fenc·​ing | \ˈfen-siŋ\

Kids Definition of fencing

: the sport of having a pretended fight with blunted swords

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