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

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 Rush-hour fender-benders—a leading source of claims—were running well below prepandemic levels. Leslie Scism, WSJ, 4 May 2022 The SUVs exterior has been subtlety tweaked with a new carbon-fiber front fascia, fender flares and rear diffuser, all of which help improve aerodynamic performance. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2022 Many cyclists ride without a front fender, likely because installing one often requires you to basically dismantle the front of your bike. Cassandra Brooklyn, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 There's one at the top of the windshield, one at the top of the rear window, and one above each front fender. Matt Jancer, Wired, 29 Mar. 2022 Not only was there fresh heavy front fender damager but a front tire was missing. John Benson, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2022 To do this, the company took inspiration from its FTR motorcycle line and added an inverted, telescoping front fork and moto-style handlebars, discarded both fender, moved the battery pack from the top tube to the down tube and extended the seat. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2022 Straight lays out the strange rhythms of his job: mostly speeding tickets, fender benders and drunk-driving citations — routine work randomly sparked with perilous chases and gruesome crashes. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 Bales was able to claim the deer thanks to a new state of Wyoming mobile app that’s helping get the meat from animals killed in fender benders from road to table and in the process making roads safer for critters. Mead Gruver, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Fender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fender. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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