fencing

noun
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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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 Existing fencing has been replaced or strengthened in a few areas. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "AP fact check: Trump isn’t holed up nonstop at White House," 14 Jan. 2019 In 2006 Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, which authorized funding for 700 miles of additional fencing. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "An Immigration Compromise That Just Might Work," 18 Dec. 2018 Friends and family of the 49 victims had posted signs with messages of love on the fencing. Peter Orsi, Fox News, "Mexico commemorates victims of deadly quakes," 19 Sep. 2018 But the result of all that fencing is a maze of walkways, in various colors, materials, and configurations. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "There's no getting around the clumsy design of SEPTA's new fare gates," 9 May 2018 The most recent spending bill passed in March did include some funding for bollard fencing. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "House Democrats Lay Out Plan to Reopen Government by Carving Out Wall Fight," 31 Dec. 2018 Most everyone agrees that schools can be more secure with layers of protection, such as perimeter fencing. Justin Pritchard, The Seattle Times, "Firms sell mass-shooting solutions, but can gadgets and hardware save lives?," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of fencing

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fencing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fencing

: the art or sport of fighting with swords
: material that is used for making fences

fencing

noun
fenc·​ing | \ ˈfen-siŋ\

Kids Definition of fencing

: the sport of having a pretended fight with blunted swords

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