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 fencing would cost $1.5 million, said Al Horvath, chief operating officer at the Smithsonian. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Plans for new Zoo fence and entrance put on hold," 12 July 2018 The statues were erected Tuesday morning outside Christ Church Cathedral on downtown Indianapolis' Monument Circle and surrounded by the fencing. Post-Tribune, "State briefs," 3 July 2018 Inside each, a couple of dozen rhesus macaques scale the fencing, chase one another on a spinning metal wheel, and swing from a tire tied to a rope. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "‘A cataclysmic wake-up call’: Can more candor win back support for animal research?," 26 June 2018 Asbestos remediation, groundbreaking and fencing have already begun. William Thornton, AL.com, "Mixed-use project announced for Auburn's Toomer's Corner," 16 Apr. 2018 But the massive Alexander Calder sculpture in Burr Mall, between the Atheneum and City Hall, sits behind temporary chain-link fencing as workers install a fountain to flow under the sculpture. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 During a media tour on Monday, groups of border crossers were separated by gender, with unaccompanied boys and girls held in separate large holding cells made of chain-link fencing and a mesh-net rooftop. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Along the Border, Migrant Mothers Turn Themselves In to Immigration Authorities," 26 June 2018 In the 1930s chain-link fencing topped with barbed wire went up. Matthew Segal, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Complicated Case of the Colorado Street Bridge," 18 June 2018 In one shot, women sit on a bench up against the chain-link fencing that makes up the cages. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's What It's Like Inside a Detention Facility for Immigrants, According to the Border Patrol," 18 June 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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