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


1. (Fencing) the practice, art, or sport of fighting with swords, esp the sport of using foils, épées, or sabres under a set of rules to score points
2. (Building)
a. wire, stakes, etc, used as fences
b. fences collectively
3. skilful or witty debate
4. the avoidance of direct answers; evasiveness
5. slang the business of buying and selling stolen property


(ˈfɛn sɪŋ)

1. the art, practice, or sport in which an épée, foil, or saber is used for defense and attack.
2. a parrying of arguments; avoidance of direct answers.
3. an enclosure or railing.
4. fences collectively.
5. material for fences.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fencing - a barrier that serves to enclose an areafencing - a barrier that serves to enclose an area
backstop - (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
barrier - a structure or object that impedes free movement
chainlink fence - a fence of steel wires woven into a diamond pattern
hedge, hedgerow - a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
paling, picket fence - a fence made of upright pickets
rail fence - a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other at an angle)
stone wall - a fence built of rough stones; used to separate fields
wall - a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden); "the wall followed the road"; "he ducked behind the garden wall and waited"
weir - a fence or wattle built across a stream to catch or retain fish
fence line - a boundary line created by a fence
2.fencing - material for building fences
building material - material used for constructing buildings
3.fencing - the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)
swordplay, play - the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
passado, straight thrust, lunge - (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
parry - (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
remise - (fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte)
riposte - (fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge
epee - a fencing sword similar to a foil but with a heavier blade
foil - a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button
piste - a flat rectangular area for fencing bouts
saber, sabre - a fencing sword with a v-shaped blade and a slightly curved handle
riposte - make a return thrust; "his opponent riposted"



Fencing terms

backsword, bracer, carte, feint, guard, mask, octave, parade, parry, piste, prime, quarte or carte, quinte, reach, repechage, sabre, seconde, septime, singlestick, sixte, terce or tierce, touch, touché, volt
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A. N
1. (Sport) → esgrima f
2. (= material) → vallado m, cercado m
B. CPD fencing master Nmaestro m de esgrima
fencing match Nencuentro m de esgrima


[ˈfɛnsɪŋ] n
(= sport) → escrime m
(= fencing materials) → matériaux mpl pour clôture


(Sport) → Fechten nt; fencing instructorFechtlehrer(in) or -meister(in) m(f); fencing schoolFechtschule f
(= fences, material)Zaun m, → Einzäunung f


[ˈfɛnsɪŋ] n
a. (Sport) → scherma
fencing match → incontro di scherma
b. (material) → materiale m per recintare


(fens) noun
a line of wooden or metal posts joined by wood, wire etc to stop people, animals etc moving on to or off a piece of land. The garden was surrounded by a wooden fence.
to enclose (an area of land) with a fence eg to prevent people, animals etc from getting in. We fenced off the field.
ˈfencing noun
(the material used for) a fence. a hundred metres of fencing.


(fens) verb
1. to fight with (blunted) swords as a sport.
2. to avoid answering questions. He fenced with me for half an hour before I got the truth.
ˈfencing noun
the sport of fighting with (blunted) swords. I used to be very good at fencing.
References in classic literature ?
He determined to cultivate the good-will of the youth Raoul and, either whilst fencing with him or when out shooting, to extract from his simplicity some information which would connect the Athos of old times with the Athos of the present.
It must not be that way," said Don Quixote at this point; "I will be the director of this fencing match, and judge of this often disputed question;" and dismounting from Rocinante and grasping his lance, he planted himself in the middle of the road, just as the licentiate, with an easy, graceful bearing and step, advanced towards Corchuelo, who came on against him, darting fire from his eyes, as the saying is.
Henry felt in no mood for fencing with De Fulm, who, like the other sycophants that surrounded him, always allowed the King easily to best him in every encounter.
Jones was a little staggered by the blow, which came somewhat unexpectedly; but presently recovering himself he also drew, and though he understood nothing of fencing, prest on so boldly upon Fitzpatrick, that he beat down his guard, and sheathed one half of his sword in the body of the said gentleman, who had no sooner received it than he stept backwards, dropped the point of his sword, and leaning upon it, cried, "I have satisfaction enough: I am a dead man.
Begging your pardon, ma'am, it wasn't a billiard saloon, but a gymnasium, and I was taking a lesson in fencing.
Midwifery should be taught in the same course with fencing and boxing, riding and rowing.
They took their lath swords, dumped their other traps on the ground, struck a fencing attitude, foot to foot, and began a grave, careful combat, "two up and two down.
There was one place where an eighteen-inch breadth of light masonry had been added to the verge of the path, and as there was a very sharp turn here, a panel of fencing had been set up there at some time, as a protection.