Fenced off one field from another; fenced out the deer from the garden.
An example of a fence is a person at the flea market selling stolen car stereos.
An example of to fence is how the character Inigo Montoya from the movie The Princess Bride fought his battles.
An example of a fence is a two foot wooden barrier around a person's front yard.
- Undecided as to which of two sides to support; uncommitted or neutral.
- to engage in politicking; look after one's political interests
- uncommitted or undecided in a controversy
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).