fender

noun
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 fendered (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

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Pull the cap off the syringe, keeping it pointy-end-up so the adhesive doesn't wind up on the fender. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Cracked Windshield," 27 June 2019 Brompton adds an additional three tiny plastic wheels (two on the frame, one on the rear fender) for trolley purposes, which offends my sense of design. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Test-riding GM’s Ariv Meld and folding Merge e-bikes," 21 June 2019 According to police, the vehicles collided, with the motorcycle striking the right front fender of the Nissan. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Sidney A. Green Sr., aircraft mechanic, dies," 9 June 2019 And there is hustle in the hatchback stance as the 18-inch wheels fill the fenders. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 All 13 of its Bond modifications are fully-functioning, including a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates and more, says RM Sotheby’s. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "With a license to drive and $4 million, you can buy James Bond's Aston Martin from 'Goldfinger'," 13 June 2019 So the fenders and some of the front suspension come from Harley-Davidson motorcycles. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "The Sum of This Ford’s Parts: A Very Strange Car," 7 Aug. 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Exterior styling includes heavy creasing on the hood, front and rear fenders, door panels and rear quarters to the taillights, and rocker panels. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 Designers add fender flares, spoilers, bonnets, and roof scoops. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "How Mattel Shrinks Cars Into Hot Wheels (Crash Test Included)," 4 June 2019

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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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fender

noun

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

fender

noun
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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