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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With less overhang, the fender would just sort of disappear. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "With the 2020 GR Supra, Toyota Gets In Touch With Its Fun Side," 12 May 2019 The exterior design is contemporary and recognizable, with a long hood, upswept rear fender and scalloped doors. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Volvo loads up XC40 compact SUV with nifty features," 8 June 2018 The exterior design is contemporary and recognizable, with a long hood, upswept rear fender and scalloped doors. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Volvo XC40 SUV has wireless phone charging, carryout bag hook," 23 May 2018 These include rotating license plates, machine guns behind the fog lights and in the front fenders, a bulletproof shield that pops up behind the rear window and, of course, a working ejector seat. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "License to build? Lego introduces 'Goldfinger' James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5," 18 July 2018 At first, according to the account, the rescuers and the motorist concluded that removing the fender might be the best option. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Firefighters use recording of cat’s meow to catch the elusive creature," 23 June 2018 Indeed, it could be identified as a classic finish — two drivers going all out, trading fenders and bumpers in a desperate dash for the win and sending the crowd into a frenzy. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Kyle Larson continues to prove he's a serious NASCAR title contender," 2 July 2018 There's a dash of Subaru Crosstrek in its wheels and fenders and Mazda CX-5'ish grace to its line from nose to tail. John Scott Lewinski, Ars Technica, "The Hyundai Kona: A well-equipped crossover starting at just $19,500," 30 Apr. 2018 The IMs is an experiment in making this posture cool-looking, with fractal body sculpting, daring interplays of light and shadow and dramatic vertical fender louvers—an Uber in Tron-land. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Big Questions—and a Few Answers—Coming Out of the Detroit Auto Show," 17 Jan. 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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