a barrier that serves to enclose an area
a dealer in stolen property
fence, fence in(verb)
enclose with a fence
"we fenced in our yard"
receive stolen goods
fight with fencing swords
wall, palisade, fence, fence in, surround(verb)
surround with a wall in order to fortify
argue, contend, debate, fence(verb)
have an argument about something
A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.
A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
The place whence such a middleman operates.
Skill in oral debate.
The art or practice of fencing.
A guard or guide on machinery.
A barrier, for example an emotional barrier.
To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.
To defend or guard.
To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.
To engage in (the sport) fencing.
To jump over a fence.
Origin: The original meaning is "the act of defending", from Middle French defens (see defence), adopted in the 14th century.
that which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield
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
a projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking
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
a receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are received
to fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard
to inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by an inclosure
to make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence
to practice the art of attack and defense with the sword or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the point only
hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc
Origin: [Abbrev. from defence.]
A fence is a freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary. Fences are generally distinguished from walls by the lightness of their construction and their purpose. Walls are usually barriers made from solid brick or concrete, blocking vision as well as passage, while fences are used more frequently to provide visual sectioning of spaces. Alternatives to fencing include a ditch.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fens, n. a wall or hedge for enclosing animals or for protecting land: the art of fencing: defence: a receiver of stolen goods, also a receiving-house.—v.t. to enclose with a fence: to fortify.—v.i. to practise fencing: to conceal the truth by equivocal answers.—adjs. Fenced, enclosed with a fence; Fence′less, without fence or enclosure, open.—n. Fenc′er, one who practises fencing with a sword.—adj. Fenc′ible, capable of being fenced or defended.—n.pl. Fenc′ibles, volunteer regiments raised for local defence during a special crisis: militia enlisted for home service.—p.adj. Fenc′ing, defending or guarding.—n. the act of erecting a fence: the art of attack and defence with a sword or other weapon.—n. Fenc′ing-mas′ter, one who teaches fencing.—Fence the tables, in the ancient usage of Scotland, to debar from partaking in communion those guilty of any known sin.—Sit on the fence, to be still hesitating as between two opinions; Sunk fence, a ditch or water-course. [Abbrev. of defence.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
n. 1. A sequence of one or more distinguished (out-of-band) characters (or other data items), used to delimit a piece of data intended to be treated as a unit (the computer-science literature calls this a sentinel). The NUL (ASCII 0000000) character that terminates strings in C is a fence. Hex FF is also (though slightly less frequently) used this way. See zigamorph. 2. An extra data value inserted in an array or other data structure in order to allow some normal test on the array's contents also to function as a termination test. For example, a highly optimized routine for finding a value in an array might artificially place a copy of the value to be searched for after the last slot of the array, thus allowing the main search loop to search for the value without having to check at each pass whether the end of the array had been reached. 3. [among users of optimizing compilers] Any technique, usually exploiting knowledge about the compiler, that blocks certain optimizations. Used when explicit mechanisms are not available or are overkill. Typically a hack: “I call a dummy procedure there to force a flush of the optimizer's register-coloring info” can be expressed by the shorter “That's a fence procedure”.
An upright structure of various materials used to define a boundary on a piece of land or property.
They constructed a fence to define their property with regards to their neighbours.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Fence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2881
Rank popularity for the word 'Fence' in Nouns Frequency: #1699
The numerical value of Fence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Fence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence.
Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.
The wide world is all about you. You can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
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Translations for Fence
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- سور, سياجArabic
- плот, агароджа, парканBelarusian
- ограждам, фехтувам се, оградаBulgarian
- tancaCatalan, Valencian
- ohrada, oplocení, oplotit, šermovat, plotCzech
- Hag, Fence, einfriedigen, einhegen, umfrieden, umfriedigen, einhagen, Zaun, Fenz, Mittelsmann, befrieden, einfrieden, einzäunen, umzäunen, fenzen, zäunenGerman
- ξιφομαχώ, περίφραξη, μάντρα, περιφράσσω, φράζω, φράχτης, κλεπταποδόχοςGreek
- barda, cercar, perista, reducidor, cerca, cerramiento, valla, setoSpanish
- aita, välittää, miekkaillaFinnish
- clôturer, clôture, receleur/euseFrench
- callaidScottish Gaelic
- cleigh, kionneyder griuManx
- גדר, גידרHebrew
- kerítés, orgazdaHungarian
- ցանկապատ, չափարArmenian
- pagar, perantaraIndonesian
- steccato, siepe, ricettatore, recinto, palizzata, cinta, barriera, riparoItalian
- 塀, 垣根, 垣, 囲いJapanese
- ღობე, გალავანიGeorgian
- 울타리, 담Korean
- taiepa, taiapa, tautāteteMāori
- се мечува, ограда, оградува, мечуваMacedonian
- hek, omheiningDutch
- gjerdeNorwegian Nynorsk
- paser, ogradzać, płot, ogrodzeniePolish
- cerca, cercar, esgrimirPortuguese
- gard, scrimaRomanian
- ограда, ограждение, огора́живать, барыга, забор, изгородь, скупщик краденого, огороди́ть, фехтоватьRussian
- плот, ograda, ограда, plotSerbo-Croatian
- plot, oplotenie, ohradaSlovak
- staket, hälareSwedish
- огорожа, тин, парканUkrainian
- hàng ràoVietnamese
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