What does fence mean?

Definitions for fence
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fence.

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

Wiktionary

  1. fence(Noun)

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

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

  2. fence(Noun)

    A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.

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

  3. fence(Noun)

    The place whence such a middleman operates.

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

  4. fence(Noun)

    Skill in oral debate.

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

  5. fence(Noun)

    The art or practice of fencing.

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

  6. fence(Noun)

    A guard or guide on machinery.

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

  7. fence(Noun)

    A barrier, for example an emotional barrier.

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

  8. fence(Verb)

    To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.

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

  9. fence(Verb)

    To defend or guard.

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

  10. fence(Verb)

    To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.

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

  11. fence(Verb)

    To engage in (the sport) fencing.

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

  12. fence(Verb)

    To jump over a fence.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  3. Fence(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  5. Fence(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  6. Fence(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  7. Fence(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

  10. Fence(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Abbrev. from defence.]

Freebase

  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.

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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Numerology

  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. Abhishek Chaudhary:

    I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and all the patients were shouting, ’13….13….13.’ The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks, so I looked through to see what was going on. Some idiot poked me in the eye with a stick! Then they all started shouting, ’14….14….14.’

  2. Rainer Wendt:

    If we want to conduct serious border controls, we need to build a fence along the German border.

  3. Cornelius Freeman:

    When I came through the fence, my landlord was right there, on his knees, it just looked like he just — like all the skin had come off him.

  4. Timothy Ash:

    Key short-term signals will be whether Simsek and the 'reformers' manage to survive and 'ring fence' their positions with the change of prime minister.

  5. Steven Hassan:

    In my experience, doing media does get the cult’s attention on the specific members, and I would predict Scientology leadership will not wish members to watch segments produced about them, but sometimes this backfires, and can move some people further out of the group, especially if they are on the fence. Unfortunately, with Scientology, [leadership] could further restrict access to the outside world.

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