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Definition of "fence" []

  • A structure serving as an enclosure, a barrier, or a boundary, usually made of posts or stakes joined together by boards, wire, or rails. (noun)
  • The art or sport of fencing. (noun)
  • One who receives and sells stolen goods. (noun)
  • A place where stolen goods are received and sold. (noun)
  • Archaic A means of defense; a protection. (noun)
  • A structure that serves to enclose an area such as a garden or field, usually made of posts of timber, concrete, or metal connected by wire, netting, rails, or boards (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A dealer in stolen property (noun)
  • An obstacle for a horse to jump in steeplechasing or showjumping (noun)
  • A guard or guide, esp in a circular saw or plane (noun)
  • A projection usually fitted to the top surface of a sweptback aircraft wing to prevent movement of the airflow towards the wing tips (noun)
  • To construct a fence on or around (a piece of land, etc) (verb)
  • To close (in) or separate (off) with or as if with a fence (verb)
  • To fight using swords or foils (verb)
  • To evade a question or argument, esp by quibbling over minor points (verb)
  • To engage in skilful or witty debate, repartee, etc (verb)
  • To receive stolen property (verb)
  • To ward off or keep out (verb)

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Use "fence" in a sentence
  • "Taken from their families and forced to live in "white" orphanages, three mixed-race aborigine children escape, traveling 1500 miles back home, using the title fence as their guide."
  • "Not on the fence part, because the fence is a spectacularly dumb idea but the GDP and wages part."
  • "Straddling the fence is the game and gutless or seriously lacking in resolve and determination is the guy who can read but not lead! diridi"