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 fender (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 But noise complaints, fender benders and other low-priority non-emergency calls have a much longer response time, averaging around nine minutes, Diaz says. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Sep. 2021 There is a multitude of ways that hogging the left lane can produce car crashes or at least fender benders. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 The vehicle had also been described as having a tint strip on the windshield, fender flares, running boards and Chevrolet bowtie emblems on both its front and back. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 5 Oct. 2021 There are new functioning vents in the front fender, too, which lend a greater sense of power and agility to the design that’s impossible not to notice. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 The rear bumper has been tweaked slightly, and the 2022 Passport will also be available with a HPD accessories package which alters the grille and wheel designs and adds black fender flares and HPD graphics. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 22 Sep. 2021 If one module is damaged, it can be replaced with a duplicate-like changing a fender on a car—without keeping a valuable plane out of service for time-taking repairs. Sheldon M. Gallager, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2021 Magnesium racing wheels, through-the-hood fuel-tank filler, and its original fender flares that accepted wider tires for road racing have all been retained. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 13 Sep. 2021 Chase Elliott damaged his left front fender hitting a tire while pulling out of his pit stall under the competition caution. Kelly Crandall, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2021

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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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25 Oct 2021

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“Fender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fender. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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