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
2a(1) : fence sense 2a
(2) : the fences of a property or region
b : material used for building fences

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As things stand, a House version of the legislation provides $5 billion in funding for border security, including physical fencing, while a Senate version includes $1.6 billion for such efforts. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress approves measure to prevent a partial government shutdown for another 2 weeks," 6 Dec. 2018 The current plans call for up to 25 miles (40 kilometers) of construction in Hidalgo County, which includes the city of McAllen and already has segments of stop-and-start border fencing, some of it installed well north of the river. Washington Post, "On the lower Rio Grande, a glimpse at the border Trump wants," 14 Apr. 2018 These containers can be surrounded by flexible deer fencing and dogs (and other pests) will stay out. Rebecca Kurson, Good Housekeeping, "10 Genius Tips For Dog-Proofing Your Garden," 17 Jan. 2018 Thirty-foot steel bollard fencing goes up in Calexico, California. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Snapshots from the US-Mexico border," 19 Apr. 2018 Still, police tape and flexible fencing were still up on its new Boardwalk stairways. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "Two new Atlantic City casinos open doors a day early," 27 June 2018 By Sunday, officials were ready with added fencing and security, to keep people off the structure. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle officials plead for help, patience as viaduct traffic problems loom," 13 Jan. 2019 The agreement means 55 miles of new fencing — constructed through existing designs such as metal slats instead of a concrete wall — but far less than the 215 miles the White House demanded in December. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding," 11 Feb. 2019 The Cuban fencing team, killed in 1976 when their plane was brought down by a bomb planted by anti-Castro terrorists, at least one of whom was granted asylum in the United States. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Humboldt Tragedy Hits Home for Hockey and Non-Hockey Families Alike," 9 Apr. 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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