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

Examples of fencing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The White House features a spacious lawn that has an unimpeded view of the Washington and Lincoln monuments, but is otherwise surrounded by high fencing and a small army of guards. Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, "Biden describes life at the White House: 'A gilded cage'," 17 Feb. 2021 Leering malevolently in my direction, the creature climbed to the top of the cage, trying to free itself through a crack in the fencing. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Close possum encounters: Freeloading, chicken thievery, playing dead until dead," 23 Dec. 2020 Pelosi took no immediate stance about Pittman's proposal for permanent fencing. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "Capitol Police bolstering travel security for lawmakers," 29 Jan. 2021 Some of the new fencing, barriers and security measures are likely to be permanent. New York Times, "Top Lawmakers Not Told of Police Request for Backup Before Riot, Aide and Others Say," 15 Jan. 2021 Some of the new fencing, barriers and security measures are likely to be permanent. Michael S. Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, "Top lawmakers not told of police request for backup before riot, aide and others say," 15 Jan. 2021 Most of the construction has replaced older fencing and vehicle barriers, largely from the El Paso area west to California. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Border wall construction, far from complete, accelerates," 7 Dec. 2020 The cattle drives through Horse Head Crossing eventually faded with the completion of rail lines and later, the fencing of the range. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Horse Head Crossing — where men and cattle died," 6 Nov. 2020 Baseball, softball and cross-country are classified as medium risk, and golf, tennis, fencing, track and field, and swimming and diving as low risk. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "What college football's opener means, or doesn't mean, to Notre Dame football," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of fencing

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Feb 2021

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“Fencing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fencing. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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