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Definition of "fencing" []

  • The art or sport of using a foil, épée, or saber in attack and defense. (noun)
  • Skillful repartee, especially as a defense against having to give direct answers. (noun)
  • Material, such as wire, stakes, and rails, used in building fences. (noun)
  • A barrier or enclosure of fences. (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.

Use "fencing" in a sentence
  • "II. i.25 (197,8) drinking, fencing, swearing] I suppose, by _fencing_ is meant a too diligent frequentation of the fencing-school, a resort of violent and lawless young men."
  • "Taormina fell behind with a rough start in fencing, which is new to her, but made up the gap quickly in the swim and overhauled the leaders in the run to finish with 5,704 points in her debut."
  • "The technical term for this kind of fencing is Krieg - WAR."