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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.
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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
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(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.
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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"
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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
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[ˈfɛnsɪŋ] n
(= sport) → escrime m
(= fencing materials) → matériaux mpl pour clôture
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(Sport) → Fechten nt; fencing instructorFechtlehrer(in) or -meister(in) m(f); fencing schoolFechtschule f
(= fences, material)Zaun m, → Einzäunung f
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[ˈfɛnsɪŋ] n
a. (Sport) → scherma
fencing match → incontro di scherma
b. (material) → materiale m per recintare
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(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.
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