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fence

 (fĕns)
n.
1. A structure serving as an enclosure, a barrier, or a boundary, usually made of posts or stakes joined together by boards, wire, or rails.
2. An adjustable guide with a flat edge used on a table saw and positioned parallel to the plane of the cutting attachment in order to keep the board properly positioned for the cut to be made at the correct distance from the board's edge.
3.
a. One who receives and sells stolen goods.
b. A place where stolen goods are received and sold.
4. Archaic A means of defense; a protection.
v. fenced, fenc·ing, fenc·es
v.tr.
1. To surround or enclose with a fence or other barrier. See Synonyms at enclose.
2. To separate or keep out by means of a fence or other barrier: fenced off one field from another; fenced out the deer from the garden.
3. To sell (stolen goods) to a fence.
4. Archaic
a. To ward off; keep away.
b. To defend.
v.intr.
1. To practice the art or sport of fencing.
2. To avoid giving direct answers; hedge.
3. To act as a conduit for stolen goods.
Idiom:
on the fence Informal
Undecided as to which of two sides to support; uncommitted or neutral.

[Middle English fens, short for defens, defense; see defense.]

fenc′er n.

fence

(fɛns)
n
1. (Building) 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
2. slang a dealer in stolen property
3. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) an obstacle for a horse to jump in steeplechasing or showjumping
4. (Mechanical Engineering) machinery a guard or guide, esp in a circular saw or plane
5. (Aeronautics) a projection usually fitted to the top surface of a sweptback aircraft wing to prevent movement of the airflow towards the wing tips
6. mend one's fences
a. chiefly US and Canadian to restore a position or reputation that has been damaged, esp in politics
b. to re-establish friendly relations (with someone)
7. on the fence unable or unwilling to commit oneself
8. over the fence informal Austral and NZ unreasonable, unfair, or unjust
9. sit on the fence to be unable or unwilling to commit oneself
vb
10. (tr) to construct a fence on or around (a piece of land, etc)
11. (tr; foll by in or off) to close (in) or separate (off) with or as if with a fence: he fenced in the livestock.
12. (Fencing) (intr) to fight using swords or foils
13. (intr) to evade a question or argument, esp by quibbling over minor points
14. (intr) to engage in skilful or witty debate, repartee, etc
15. (intr) slang to receive stolen property
16. (tr) archaic to ward off or keep out
[C14 fens, shortened from defens defence]
ˈfenceless adj
ˈfenceˌlike adj

fence

(fɛns)

n., v. fenced, fenc•ing. n.
1. a barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usu. made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, confine a person or thing, or mark a boundary.
2. a person who receives and disposes of stolen goods.
3. the place of business of such a person.
4. the art or sport of fencing.
5. Archaic. a means of defense; a bulwark.
v.t.
6. to enclose by a fence: to fence a farm.
7. to separate by or as if by a fence or fences (often fol. by in, off, out, etc.): to fence off a corner of a garden.
8. to prevent entry of by a fence.
9. to sell (stolen goods) to a fence.
10. to defend; protect; guard.
v.i.
11. to practice the art or sport of fencing.
12. to parry arguments; strive to avoid giving direct answers; hedge.
13. Obs. to raise a defense.
Idioms:
on the fence, uncommitted; neutral.
[1300–50; Middle English fens, aph. variant of defens defense]

fence


Past participle: fenced
Gerund: fencing

Imperative
fence
fence
Present
I fence
you fence
he/she/it fences
we fence
you fence
they fence
Preterite
I fenced
you fenced
he/she/it fenced
we fenced
you fenced
they fenced
Present Continuous
I am fencing
you are fencing
he/she/it is fencing
we are fencing
you are fencing
they are fencing
Present Perfect
I have fenced
you have fenced
he/she/it has fenced
we have fenced
you have fenced
they have fenced
Past Continuous
I was fencing
you were fencing
he/she/it was fencing
we were fencing
you were fencing
they were fencing
Past Perfect
I had fenced
you had fenced
he/she/it had fenced
we had fenced
you had fenced
they had fenced
Future
I will fence
you will fence
he/she/it will fence
we will fence
you will fence
they will fence
Future Perfect
I will have fenced
you will have fenced
he/she/it will have fenced
we will have fenced
you will have fenced
they will have fenced
Future Continuous
I will be fencing
you will be fencing
he/she/it will be fencing
we will be fencing
you will be fencing
they will be fencing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fencing
you have been fencing
he/she/it has been fencing
we have been fencing
you have been fencing
they have been fencing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fencing
you will have been fencing
he/she/it will have been fencing
we will have been fencing
you will have been fencing
they will have been fencing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fencing
you had been fencing
he/she/it had been fencing
we had been fencing
you had been fencing
they had been fencing
Conditional
I would fence
you would fence
he/she/it would fence
we would fence
you would fence
they would fence
Past Conditional
I would have fenced
you would have fenced
he/she/it would have fenced
we would have fenced
you would have fenced
they would have fenced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fence - a barrier that serves to enclose an areafence - 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.fence - a dealer in stolen property
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
bargainer, dealer, monger, trader - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
Verb1.fence - enclose with a fence; "we fenced in our yard"
inclose, shut in, close in, enclose - surround completely; "Darkness enclosed him"; "They closed in the porch with a fence"
2.fence - receive stolen goods
receive, have - get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front"
3.fence - fight with fencing swords
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
parry, deflect, block - impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
4.fence - surround with a wall in order to fortify
protect - shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage; "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
stockade - surround with a stockade in order to fortify
circumvallate - surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
5.fence - have an argument about somethingfence - have an argument about something  
stickle - dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
spar - fight verbally; "They were sparring all night"
bicker, brabble, pettifog, squabble, quibble, niggle - argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
altercate, argufy, quarrel, scrap, dispute - have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"
oppose - be against; express opposition to; "We oppose the ban on abortion"
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation

fence

noun
1. barrier, wall, defence, guard, railings, paling, shield, hedge, barricade, hedgerow, rampart, palisade, stockade, barbed wire They climbed over the fence into the field.
verb
1. (often with in or off) enclose, surround, bound, hedge, pound, protect, separate, guard, defend, secure, pen, restrict, confine, fortify, encircle, coop, impound, circumscribe He intends to fence in about 100 acres of land.
sit on the fence be uncommitted, be uncertain, be undecided, vacillate, be in two minds, blow hot and cold (informal), be irresolute, avoid committing yourself He is sitting on the fence, refusing to commit himself.

fence

verb
1. To confine within a limited area.Also used with in:
cage, coop (in or up), enclose, immure, mew (up), pen, shut in, shut up, wall (in or up).
2. To separate with or as if with a wall:
Translations
سِياجيُبارِز بالسَّيْفيَتنَجَنَّب الإجابَهيُسَيِّج، يَضَعُ سوراسور
plotšermovatvytáčet seohradaohradit
hegnindhegnestakitundvige=-hegn
skermi
aitamiekkaillavälittää
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kerítésorgazda
pagarperantara
girîagirîingskylmastverjast svari
울타리
iežogotizvairīties no atbildespaukotiesžogs
plotšermovať
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staket
รั้ว
çitçit tahtaçitle çevirmekeskrim yapmakkaçamak cevap vermek
hàng rào

fence

[fens]
A. N
1. (gen) → valla f, cerca f; (= wire fence) → alambrada f (Racing) → valla f
to mend one's fences (= restore relations) → mejorar las relaciones; (= restore reputation) → restablecer la reputación
to sit on the fenceno comprometerse, mirar los toros desde la barrera
2. (= receiver of stolen goods) → perista mf
B. VT
1. [+ land] → vallar, cercar
fenced areazona f cercada or vallada
2. [+ machinery etc] → cubrir, proteger
C. VI
1. (Sport) → practicar esgrima
fence in VT + ADV [+ animals, fig] → encerrar; [+ land] → vallar, cercar
fence off VT + ADVseparar con una valla or cerca

fence

[ˈfɛns]
n
(= barrier) → barrière f
to sit on the fence (= avoid committing o.s.) → ménager la chèvre et le chou
to mend fences (= improve relations) → rétablir de bonnes relations
to mend fences with sb → se réconcilier avec qn
(on race course)obstacle m
(= person) → receleur/euse m/f
vt [+ garden, area] → clôturer
vi (SPORT)faire de l'escrime
fence in
vt sep
(= surround with a fence) [+ garden, area] → entourer d'une clôture
(= restrict) [+ person] → mettre en cage
fence off
vt sep (= erect fence across) → séparer par une clôturefence post npoteau m de clôture, piquet m de clôture

fence

n
Zaun m; (Sport) → Hindernis nt; to sit on the fence (fig: = be neutral) → neutral bleiben, nicht Partei ergreifen; (= be irresolute)unschlüssig sein, zaudern; on the wrong/other side of the fence (fig)auf der verkehrten/anderen Seite; to mend fences (fig)die Dinge bereinigen
(inf: = receiver of stolen goods) → Hehler(in) m(f)
(Tech) → Anschlag m
vt
(also fence in) landeinzäunen, umzäunen
(Sport) → fechten gegen
(inf)hehlen; until we find somebody to fence stolen cars …bis wir einen Hehler für gestohlene Autos finden
vi
(Sport) → fechten
(fig)ausweichen; to fence with somebodysich (dat)mit jdm ein Wortgefecht liefern; (evading questions) → jdm ausweichen
(inf: = receive stolen goods) → hehlen, mit Diebesgut handeln

fence

[fɛns]
1. n
a.recinto, steccato; (Racing) → ostacolo
to sit on the fence (fig) → rimanere neutrale
b. (fam) (receiver of stolen goods) → ricettatore/trice
2. vtrecintare
3. vi (Sport) → tirare di scherma
fence in vt + adv
a. (field) → recintare, recingere
b. (fig) to feel fenced insentirsi imprigionato/a
fence off vt + advseparare con un recinto

fence1

(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.
verb
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.

fence2

(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.

fence

سِياج plot hegn Zaun φράκτης valla aita palissade ograda staccionata 울타리 hek gjerde ogrodzenie cerca забор staket รั้ว çit hàng rào 栅栏
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Meg and Beth were frightened, but Jo clapped and pranced, and I sat on the fence and drew you.
A shout made us pause, and, looking back, there was the poor little chair rocking all by itself in the middle of the road, while a small boy sat on the fence and whooped.
When the police tried to put the fences back up, demonstrators sat on the fences and chanted, "Food not bombs, homes not jails" and "Your fences are offensive.