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  • 1 Fence — (f[e^]ns), n. [Abbrev. from defence.] 1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield. [1913 Webster] Let us be backed with God and with the seas, Which he hath given for fence impregnable. Shak. [1913 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 fence — 1 n 1: a barrier intended to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary 2 a: a receiver of stolen goods b: a place where stolen goods are bought fence 2 vt fenced, fenc·ing 1 a: to enclose with a fence …

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  • 3 Fence — Fence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fenced} (f[e^]nst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fencing} (f[e^]n s[i^]ng).] 1. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard. [1913 Webster] To fence my ear against thy sorceries. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To …

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  • 4 Fence — Fence, v. i. 1. To make a defense; to guard one s self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence. [1913 Webster] Vice is the more stubborn as well as the more dangerous evil, and therefore, in the first… …

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  • 5 fence — fence; fence·less; fence·row; fence·less·ness; of·fence; …

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  • 6 fence — [fens] n. [ME fens, aphetic for defens, DEFENSE] 1. Obs. a protection; defense 2. a barrier, as of wooden or metal posts, rails, wire mesh, etc., used as a boundary or means of protection or confinement 3. the art of self defense with foil, saber …

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  • 7 fence — ► NOUN 1) a barrier enclosing an area, typically consisting of posts connected by wire, wood, etc. 2) a large upright obstacle in steeplechasing, showjumping, or cross country. 3) informal a dealer in stolen goods. 4) a guard or guide on a plane… …

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  • 8 fence — [n] barrier used to enclose a piece of land backstop, balustrade, bar, barbed wire, barricade, block, boards, chains, Cyclone, defense, dike, guard, hedge, net, paling, palisade, pickets, posts, rail, railing, rampart, roadblock, shield, stakes,… …

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  • 9 fence — ● fence nom masculin (anglais fence) Obstacle de steeple chase constitué par une barrière de planches …

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  • 10 fence — [fens] verb [intransitive] informal LAW to buy and sell stolen goods: • The police suspect he has been fencing electronic equipment …

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  • 11 fence in — index circumscribe (surround by boundary), confine, contain (enclose), enclose, encompass (surround), envelop …

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  • 12 fence\ in — • fence in • hedge in • hem in v To keep (someone) from doing what he or she would like to do. Usually used in the passive. Mary felt fenced in because her father would not let her drive a car or have dates with boys. John didn t like his job… …

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  • 13 fence — vb 1 *enclose, envelop, pen, coop, corral, cage, wall Analogous words: confine, circumscribe, *limit: *surround, gird, environ 2 *dodge, parry, sidestep, duck, shirk, malinger Analogous words: evade, avoid, shun, elude (see …

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  • 14 Fence — A fence is a freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary. It is generally distinguished from a wall by the lightness of its construction: a wall is usually restricted to such barriers made from solid brick or …

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  • 15 fence — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. barrier, barricade, wall, stockade, paling, hedge, railing; slang, bagman or woman, receiver [of stolen goods]. v. i. en close; fight, thrust and parry; parry, evade; slang, bootleg, black market,… …

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  • 16 fence — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ high, tall ▪ low ▪ barbed wire, chain link, iron, mesh, metal …

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  • 17 fence — 01. He and his neighbor worked together to build a nice [fence] between their two yards. 02. The farm is surrounded by an electrical [fence] to keep the cows from wandering away. 03. We [fenced] the area around the playground to keep the kids… …

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  • 18 fence — [[t]fe̱ns[/t]] ♦♦♦ fences, fencing, fenced 1) N COUNT A fence is a barrier between two areas of land, made of wood or wire supported by posts. Villagers say the fence would restrict public access to the hills. 2) VERB If you fence an area of land …

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  • 19 fence — I UK [fens] / US noun [countable] Word forms fence : singular fence plural fences ** 1) a) a flat upright structure made of wood or wire that surrounds an area of land b) a structure that horses jump over in a competition or race 2) informal… …

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  • 20 fence — /fɛns / (say fens) noun 1. an enclosure or barrier, usually of wire or wood, as around or along a field, garden, etc. 2. the act, practice, or art of fencing; swordplay. 3. skill in argument, repartee, etc. 4. Colloquial a. a person who receives… …

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