- the art or sport of fighting with a foil, saber, or epee
- material for making fences
- a system of fences
Origin of fencing; from fence, verb
- The art or sport of using a foil, épée, or saber in attack and defense.
- Skillful repartee, especially as a defense against having to give direct answers.
- Material, such as wire, stakes, and rails, used in building fences.
- A barrier or enclosure of fences.
- Present participle of fence.
(usually uncountable, plural fencings)
Variant of fence
- Obsolete a protection; defense
- a barrier, as of wooden or metal posts, rails, wire mesh, etc., used as a boundary or means of protection or confinement
- the art of self-defense with foil, saber, or epee; fencing
- a person who deals in stolen goods
- a place where stolen goods are bought and sold
Origin of fenceMiddle English fens, aphetic for defens, defense
transitive verbfenced, fencing
- to enclose, restrict, or hamper with or as with a fence: with in, off, etc.
- to keep (out) by or as by a fence
- Archaic to ward off; protect; defend
- to sell (stolen property) to a fence
- to practice the art of fencing
- to avoid giving a direct reply; be evasive (with); parry
- to deal in stolen goods
mend one's fences☆
to engage in politicking; look after one's political interests
on the fence☆
uncommitted or undecided in a controversy