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 Look closely, and breaks in the pines on a street near his home reveal heavy yellow construction vehicles, no-trespassing placards, and a roughly 50-acre solar facility cordoned off by chain-link fencing. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2022 The space was once a concrete lot surrounded by chain link fencing, and community members said the lawn, elevated performance stage and landscaped plant beds would provide an oasis in a part of the city where green space is hard to come by. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Mar. 2022 Before opening, the city plans to landscape the property and add security, including lighting and screened fencing, planting trees and shrubs and establishing round-the-clock security. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 29 Dec. 2021 Fans, most wearing blue home jerseys, were separated from the field by yellow chain-link fencing. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2021 During the summer, bright flowers spill out of pots dotting the fencing. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Mar. 2022 During the visit to Mexico's southern border, Tovar was surprised to see no fencing. Clara Migoya, The Arizona Republic, 22 Mar. 2022 Temporary fencing went back up in September ahead of a rally supporting people who were arrested for their roles in the January 6 attack. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 27 Feb. 2022 Flythe enrolled in a program that introduced him to sports like horseback riding, chess and fencing. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fencing

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fencing was in 1578

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19 May 2022

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“Fencing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fencing. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fencing


fenc·​ing | \ ˈfen-siŋ \

Kids Definition of fencing

: the sport of having a pretended fight with blunted swords


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