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
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
Recent Examples on the Web Balthrop said the trailer is a plain white metal 5- by 9-foot trailer with a missing fender on its right side. al, "Trailer full of paintings stolen from Mobile musician and artist," 12 May 2020 Mark’s is designed like an old wooden surfboard with Tiki statue embellishments, stickers and fenders. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Tempe-based Phat Scooters helps local restaurants keep serving their customers," 7 May 2020 The first one exploded in the trunk of the car, partly shattering its rear window, and exited through a fender. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Gen. Frederick Kroesen, 97, Dies; Survived a Terrorist Attack," 6 May 2020 Most of the items recovered during the expedition, from old fishing nets to a boat fender the size of a minivan, are likely linked to the fishing industry. Time, "Plastics Still Manage to Reach the End of the World. One Organization Is Trying to Make Sure Polluters Are Held Responsible," 9 Apr. 2020 Both suspects left the scene in a white late 2000s Chevrolet Impala with red fenders. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Armed robber sought after weekend holdup at Lowndes County store," 7 Apr. 2020 The Bronco looks extremely similar to our renderings, featuring the same boxy, squared-off proportions and even more stretch to its fenders. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Bronco Is Finally Fully Viewable," 9 Mar. 2020 Even if the engine under your hood—your heart and lungs—remains in good tune, your fenders start to rattle and your brake pads wear thin. David Quammen, Outside Online, "And (this one highlighted by my hockey experience) there’s no checking.," 2 Mar. 2020 His vehicle didn’t have proper fenders or a system that would automatically prevent the gas from escaping into the air. Washington Post, "Grief grips Peruvian community one month after deadly fire," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of fender was in the 13th century

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fender. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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


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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