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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Your listing agent can advise you on whether the fencing of your yard would constitute a warranted pre-sale expenditure. Ellen James Martin, courant.com, "Selling a house that’s on a busy street," 10 July 2019 But that was capped and Major League Baseball installed the turf along with a dirt infield and the fencing. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Converted soccer field ready for different type of pitch," 28 June 2019 There was just enough room in one spot to get your hand between the fencing and the stone to feel a large open space underneath. oregonlive.com, "2019 Rose Festival Treasure Hunt clues explained," 9 June 2019 Most of the now dilapidated dozen or so buildings left from Alma College are off limits, hidden behind the district’s fencing. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "New redwood park opening 15 miles from downtown San Jose," 7 June 2019 Encircle the bottom of your porch with fencing to prevent animals from denning underneath. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A deer and dog had a wild encounter in a Wauwatosa backyard," 10 June 2019 Monday’s tour also included a small concrete exercise area, covered with fencing, where inmates can go just 30 minutes a day. Washington Post, "Japan’s bare detention center holds many without convictions," 10 June 2019 Secure pools and other bodies of water The AAP recommends that pools be isolated with four-sided fencing at least 4-feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "Granger Smith, Bode Miller drowning tragedies can happen to anyone. What parents need to know," 27 July 2018 In New Mexico, the Border Patrol will replace 20 miles of barriers that are intended to stop vehicles with new fencing to prevent people from crossing into the United States. Ron Nixon, New York Times, "U.S. Says It Can Pay for 100 Miles of Wall on 2,000-Mile Border," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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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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