What does fence mean?

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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


  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

  11. Origin: [Abbrev. from defence.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fence

    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

  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”.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fence

    A palisade. Also, the arm of the hammer-spring of a gun-lock.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fence

    Self-defense by the use of the sword; fencing; the art and practice of fencing or sword-play.

Editors Contribution

  1. fence

    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.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 9, 2015  

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

How to pronounce fence?

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How to say fence in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of fence in a Sentence

  1. Jon Cooper:

    I’m on a fence.

  2. Randy Budd:

    Please get the fence issue settled.

  3. Randall Spare:

    There could be 100,000 miles of fence.

  4. Paul Russo:

    It seems like people are on the fence, waiting.

  5. German proverb:

    Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence.

Images & Illustrations of fence

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