anything that fends off or protects something else; specif.,
- a metal or plastic enclosure over the wheels of an automobile or other vehicle to protect against splashing mud, etc.
- a device on the front of a streetcar or locomotive to catch or push aside anything on the track
- a low screen or frame in front of a fireplace to keep the hot coals in
- a pad or cushion of canvas, rope, wood, etc. hung over a ship's side to protect it when going alongside a pier or another ship
- a. A guard over each wheel of a motor vehicle, for example, that is shaped and positioned so as to block the splashing of water or mud.b. A device at the front end of a locomotive or streetcar designed to push aside obstructions.
- A cushioning device, such as a bundle of rope or a piece of timber, used on the side of a vessel or dock to absorb impact or friction.
- A screen or metal framework placed in front of a fireplace to keep hot coals and debris from falling out.
- (US) panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels
- (US) a shield, usually of plastic or metal, on a bicycle that protects the rider from mud or water
- (nautical) Any shaped cushion-like object normally made from polymers, rubber or wood that is placed along the sides of a boat to prevent damage when moored alongside another vessel or jetty, or when using a lock, etc. Modern variations are cylindrical although older wooden version and rubbing strips can still be found; old tyres are used as a cheap substitute
- A low metal framework in front of a fireplace, intended to catch hot coals, soot, and ash
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