Fence meaning

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To surround or enclose with a fence or other barrier.
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To separate or keep out by means of a fence or other barrier.

Fenced off one field from another; fenced out the deer from the garden.

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The definition of a fence is a dealer of stolen goods.

An example of a fence is a person at the flea market selling stolen car stereos.

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A structure serving as an enclosure, a barrier, or a boundary, usually made of posts or stakes joined together by boards, wire, or rails.
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Fence means to use bladed weapons for sport or fighting.

An example of to fence is how the character Inigo Montoya from the movie The Princess Bride fought his battles.

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A barrier, as of wooden or metal posts, rails, wire mesh, etc., used as a boundary or means of protection or confinement.
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An adjustable guide with a flat edge used on a table saw and positioned parallel to the plane of the cutting attachment in order to keep the board properly positioned for the cut to be made at the correct distance from the board's edge.
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(archaic) A means of defense; a protection.
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To sell (stolen goods) to a fence.
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To practice the art or sport of fencing.
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To avoid giving direct answers; hedge.
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To act as a conduit for stolen goods.
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(obs.) A protection; defense.
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(baseball) The fence, wall, etc. at the back of the outfield: a hit over this is a home run.
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To enclose, restrict, or hamper with or as with a fence.
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To keep (out) by or as by a fence.
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(archaic) To ward off; protect; defend.
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To sell (stolen property) to a fence.
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To practice the art of fencing.
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To avoid giving a direct reply; be evasive (with); parry.
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To deal in stolen goods.
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An individual who buys and resells stolen goods or receives them on consignment.
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To buy stolen goods for resale, or receive them on consignment.
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A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.
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A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
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The place whence such a middleman operates.
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Skill in oral debate.
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The art or practice of fencing.
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A guard or guide on machinery.
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(figuratively) A barrier, for example an emotional barrier.
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To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.
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To defend or guard.
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To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.
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(intransitive, sports) To engage in (the sport) fencing.
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(intransitive, equestrianism) To jump over a fence.
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A fence is defined as a barrier used for protection or to create a boundary.

An example of a fence is a two foot wooden barrier around a person's front yard.

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The art of self-defense with foil, saber, or epee; fencing.
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(informal) on the fence
  • Undecided as to which of two sides to support; uncommitted or neutral.
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mend one's fences
  • to engage in politicking; look after one's political interests
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on the fence
  • uncommitted or undecided in a controversy
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

mend one's fences

Origin of fence

  • Middle English fens short for defens defense defense

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The original meaning is "the act of defending", from Middle French defens (see defence), adopted in the 14th century. The sense "enclosure" arises in the mid 15th century. Also from the 15th century is use as a verb in the sense "to enclose with a fence". The generalized sense "to defend, screen, protect" arises ca. 1500. The sense "to fight with swords (rapiers)" is from the 1590s (Shakespeare).

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