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 front passenger fender and door of a 2013 Infiniti parked in the lot at Koch Foods, 2153 Rose St., on June 26 was reported keyed. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Police reports: Brick thrown through window of a car parked in Franklin Park," 6 July 2018 Larson needed to have his rear fender fixed, too, and a mix-up with the tire changer in the pits forced him to pit again. Fox News, "NASCAR's Harvick wins at Kansas Speedway in record-setting start," 13 May 2018 The video shows Hammer inching closer to the SUV and tapping its rear fender, forcing it to turn right. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "They were joyriding in a Jaguar, as shown on police dash-cam video. It doesn't end well. | Miami Herald," 1 May 2018 City officials say that after traffic was rerouted in Midtown, there were 35 percent fewer injuries from pedestrians being hit by cars and 63 percent fewer injuries to drivers and their passengers from fender-benders. James Barron, New York Times, "Lounge in Them. Dash Through Them. But Don’t Call Them Parks.," 13 July 2018 Batteries, boat fenders, and power cords will be on board one day and have disappeared the next. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Shake-A-Leg's fleet mysteriously vandalized in the dead of night," 5 July 2018 Rogue’s styling is clean and crisp, following modern crossover design with a tall body, high belt line curving up toward the rear pillar, and subtle fender flares. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Nissan Rogue proves to be a popular compact crossover for US consumers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018 The fender of a Corvette with a CHOPSHOP license plate butts out of a wall near the entry, and a Harley chopper stands in the center of the room. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Talking shop — Roanoke ChopShop Live, that is — with Randy Rogers," 11 July 2018 The Ram’s fender lowers so stepping up on it isn’t too bad, but Chevy’s is better. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Ram 1500 is the pickup truck for winning arguments," 2 July 2018

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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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