fender

noun fend·er \ ˈfen-dər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

fendered

play \ˈfen-dərd\ adjective

fenderless

adjective

Examples of fender in a Sentence

  1. not wanting our brand-new cabin cruiser to get scratched, we put thick rubber fenders between it and the dock

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First Known Use of fender

13th century

fender Synonyms


FENDER Defined for English Language Learners

fender

noun

Definition of fender for English Language Learners

  • : a part of a vehicle that covers a wheel

  • : 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


FENDER Defined for Kids

fender

noun fend·er \ ˈfen-dər \

Definition of fender for Students

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


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