Definitions for: Fence


[n] a barrier that serves to enclose an area
[n] (informal) a dealer in stolen property
[v] fight with fencing swords
[v] have an argument about something
[v] surround with a wall in order to fortify
[v] enclose with a fence; "we fenced in our yard"
[v] receive stolen goods



Webster (1913) Definition: Fence, n. [Abbrev. from defence.]
1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a
protection; a cover; security; shield.

Let us be backed with God and with the seas, Which
he hath given for fence impregnable. --Shak.

A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath.
--Addison.

2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any
object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron,
or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from
without or straying from within.

Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold.
--Milton.

Note: In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a
structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a
fence.

3. (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the
tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.

4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice
of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and
repartee. See Fencing.

Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric, That hath so
well been taught her dazzing fence. --Milton.

Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence.
--Macaulay.

5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are
received. [Slang] --Mayhew.

Fence month (Forest Law), the month in which female deer
are fawning, when hunting is prohibited. --Bullokar.

Fence roof, a covering for defense. ``They fitted their
shields close to one another in manner of a fence roof.''
--Holland.

Fence time, the breeding time of fish or game, when they
should not be killed.

Rail fence, a fence made of rails, sometimes supported by
posts.

Ring fence, a fence which encircles a large area, or a
whole estate, within one inclosure.

Worm fence, a zigzag fence composed of rails crossing one
another at their ends; -- called also snake fence, or
Virginia rail fence.

To be on the fence, to be undecided or uncommitted in
respect to two opposing parties or policies. [Colloq.]


Fence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fenced (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Fencing.]
1. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect;
to guard.

To fence my ear against thy sorceries. --Milton.

2. To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by
an inclosure.

O thou wall! . . . dive in the earth, And fence not
Athens. --Shak.

A sheepcote fenced about with olive trees. --Shak.

To fence the tables (Scot. Church), to make a solemn
address to those who present themselves to commune at the
Lord's supper, on the feelings appropriate to the service,
in order to hinder, so far as possible, those who are
unworthy from approaching the table. --McCheyne.


Fence, v. i.
1. To make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as
against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a
fence.

Vice is the more stubborn as well as the more
dangerous evil, and therefore, in the first place,
to be fenced against. --Locke.

2. To practice the art of attack and defense with the sword
or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the
point only.

He will fence with his own shadow. --Shak.

3. Hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that
is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc.

They fence and push, and, pushing, loudly roar;
Their dewlaps and their sides are bat?ed in gore.
--Dryden.

As when a billow, blown against, Falls back, the
voice with which I fenced A little ceased, but
recommenced. --Tennyson.

Synonyms: argue, contend, debate, fence in, fence in, fencing, palisade, surround, wall

See Also: altercate, argufy, backstop, bargainer, barrier, bicker, block, brabble, chainlink fence, circumvallate, converse, dealer, deflect, differ, disagree, discourse, dispute, dissent, enclose, fence line, fight, have, hedge, hedgerow, inclose, monger, niggle, oppose, paling, parry, pettifog, picket fence, protect, quarrel, quibble, rail fence, receive, scrap, shut in, spar, squabble, stickle, stockade, stone wall, struggle, take issue, trader, wall, wall in, wall up, weir

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