fend·​er | \ˈfen-dər \

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 \ 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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The plug-in has a locking charge port on the driver’s-side front fender, too. Car and Driver, "2017 Kia Optima," 22 Feb. 2018 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," 9 Jan. 2018 The crew cab truck features a two-inch front leveling kit, Fox Racing shocks, flared fenders, 20-inch off-road wheels and a unique hood. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Petty's Garage Warrior Edition Ford F-150 being auctioned to help paralyzed veterans," 18 Sep. 2018 The car had a roof rack, no front plate and a dent in the rear driver-side fender, no front or rear plate. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man armed with a knife robs the same Brookfield gas station for second time in less than a week," 26 Apr. 2018 However, the button to release the charging door on the front fender is quite buried under the dash and requires familiarity or strong inspector's instincts. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: Put simply, it’s complicated," 19 Apr. 2018 Rear door handles are integrated into the C-pillar, and the rear fenders are flared aggressively. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept: It Could Happen!," 29 Mar. 2018 The rear fender has a traditional shorter, chopped look. Angelo Cocci, USA TODAY, "Review: Indian Scout Bobber is an eye-catching motorcycle with classic style," 24 Feb. 2018 On his candy apple green truck, Ray removed the original headlights from the massive front fenders, each large enough to shelter a family of four. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "'46 Chevrolet Panel Truck In Lebanon Customized To Deliver A Memorable Ride," 27 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of fender

: 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


fend·​er | \ˈfen-dər \

Kids Definition of fender

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

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