Definitions for Fencefɛns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fencefɛns(n.; v.)fenced, fenc•ing.

  1. (n.)a barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usu. made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, confine a person or thing, or mark a boundary.

  2. a person who receives and disposes of stolen goods.

    Category: Informal

  3. the place of business of such a person.

  4. the art or sport of fencing.

    Category: Sport

  5. Archaic. a means of defense; a bulwark.

  6. (v.t.)to enclose by a fence:

    to fence a farm.

  7. to separate by or as if by a fence or fences (often fol. by in, off, out, etc.):

    to fence off a corner of a garden.

  8. to prevent entry of by a fence.

  9. to sell (stolen goods) to a fence.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  10. to defend; protect; guard.

  11. (v.i.)to practice the art or sport of fencing.

    Category: Sport

  12. to parry arguments; strive to avoid giving direct answers; hedge.

  13. Obs. to raise a defense.

Idioms for fence:

  1. on the fence,uncommitted; neutral.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of fence:

1300–50; ME fens, aph. var. of defensdefense

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fence, fencing(noun)

    a barrier that serves to enclose an area

  2. fence(verb)

    a dealer in stolen property

  3. fence, fence in(verb)

    enclose with a fence

    "we fenced in our yard"

  4. fence(verb)

    receive stolen goods

  5. fence(verb)

    fight with fencing swords

  6. wall, palisade, fence, fence in, surround(verb)

    surround with a wall in order to fortify

  7. argue, contend, debate, fence(verb)

    have an argument about something

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fence(noun)ɛns

    a structure surrounding an area of land

    a six-foot wooden fence around the yard


  1. fence(Noun)

    A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.

  2. fence(Noun)

    A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.

  3. fence(Noun)

    The place whence such a middleman operates.

  4. fence(Noun)

    Skill in oral debate.

  5. fence(Noun)

    The art or practice of fencing.

  6. fence(Noun)

    A guard or guide on machinery.

  7. fence(Noun)

    A barrier, for example an emotional barrier.

  8. fence(Verb)

    To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.

  9. fence(Verb)

    To defend or guard.

  10. fence(Verb)

    To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.

  11. fence(Verb)

    To engage in (the sport) fencing.

  12. fence(Verb)

    To jump over a fence.

  13. Origin: The original meaning is "the act of defending", from Middle French defens (see defence), adopted in the 14th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fence(noun)

    that which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield

  2. Fence(noun)

    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

  3. Fence(noun)

    a projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking

  4. Fence(noun)

    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

  5. Fence(noun)

    a receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are received

  6. Fence(verb)

    to fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard

  7. Fence(verb)

    to inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by an inclosure

  8. Fence(verb)

    to make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence

  9. Fence(verb)

    to practice the art of attack and defense with the sword or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the point only

  10. Fence(verb)

    hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc


  1. Fence

    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.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. fence

    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”.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2881

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fence' in Nouns Frequency: #1699

Translations for Fence

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to fight with (blunted) swords as a sport.

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