fend·​er | \ ˈfen-dər How to pronounce fender (audio) \

Definition of fender

: a device that protects: such as
a(1) : a cushion (such as foam rubber or a wood float) between a boat and a dock or between two boats that lessens shock and prevents chafing
(2) : a pile or a row or cluster of piles placed to protect a dock or bridge pier from damage by ships or floating objects
b : railing
c : a device in front of locomotives and streetcars to lessen injury to animals or pedestrians in case of collision
d : a guard over the wheel of a motor vehicle
e : a low metal frame or a screen before an open fireplace
f : an oblong or triangular shield of leather attached to the stirrup leather of a saddle to protect a rider's legs

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Other Words from fender

fendered \ ˈfen-​dərd How to pronounce fender (audio) \ adjective
fenderless adjective

Examples of fender in a Sentence

not wanting our brand-new cabin cruiser to get scratched, we put thick rubber fenders between it and the dock
Recent Examples on the Web Allstate’s car-insurance business had a strong quarter as rush-hour fender-benders were below normal, with many Americans still working from home rather than commuting. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "MetLife, Allstate Post Strong Gains in Adjusted Earnings," 5 May 2021 For example, children left alone, mental depression, neighbor disputes, traffic management, fender benders or animal removal. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, "Cecil Thomas: 'I'm running to restore the integrity of the Queen City'," 30 Apr. 2021 Lewis died on May 1 after a fender-bender crash between the two in St. Paul. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, "Carver County man found guilty of murder for fatally shooting motorist," 21 Apr. 2021 The elegant sedan is reason enough for excitement, but what will really set hearts aflutter is the V-12 badge on its front fender, just above one of Maybach’s signature spoked wheel. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "It Sure Looks Like Mercedes Will Put a V-12 in the New S-Class for Maybach’s 100th Birthday," 15 Apr. 2021 The exterior has been given a subtle makeover including a Dark Tint finish on the grille, air intakes, side sills and fender arches. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "First Look at the New Bentley Continental GT Speed, a 650 HP Beast in a Beautiful Package," 24 Mar. 2021 The concept's name comes from the Orange Peelz exterior color, teamed with contrasting Satin Black beltline graphic and fender badges. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "2021 Easter Jeep Safari Brings 4 Rugged New Concepts to Moab," 22 Mar. 2021 The accessories and options -- racks, lights, winches, roofs, fender flares -- can quickly push up the vehicle's MSRP. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "Silver or White? No way. More drivers are demanding customization," 3 Apr. 2021 The fender, front rack, rear rack and multiple water bottle holders are all designed to be switched in and out to suit your riding style and activity level. Cassandra Brooklyn, WSJ, "These Bikes Are the SUVs of the Cycling World," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fender

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fender

Middle English fendour, fendere "defender, device for protecting the hull of a beached ship," from fenden "to defend, ward off, fend entry 1" + -our, -ere -er entry 2

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The first known use of fender was in the 13th century

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10 May 2021

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“Fender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fender. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fender

US : a part of a vehicle that covers a wheel
US : a curved piece of metal that covers a wheel of a motorcycle or bicycle
: a low metal frame or screen placed in front of an open fireplace


fend·​er | \ ˈfen-dər How to pronounce fender (audio) \

Kids Definition of fender

: the part of a motor vehicle or bicycle that covers a wheel

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