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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.
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
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.
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.
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.


1. (Fencing) a person who fights with a sword, esp one who practises the art of fencing
2. (Building) chiefly Austral and NZ a person who erects and repairs fences


(ˈfɛn sər)

1. a person who practices the art or sport of fencing.
2. a horse trained to jump barriers, as for show or sport.
3. a person who builds or repairs fences.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fencer - someone skilled at fencingfencer - someone skilled at fencing    
battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper - someone who fights (or is fighting)


[ˈfensəʳ] N (Sport) → esgrimista mf, esgrimidor(a) m/f


nFechter(in) m(f)


[ˈfɛnsəʳ] nschermidore/trice
References in classic literature ?
The fencer who demanded a contest according to the rules of fencing was the French army; his opponent who threw away the rapier and snatched up the cudgel was the Russian people; those who try to explain the matter according to the rules of fencing are the historians who have described the event.
I will add the rest of what I have to say about my friend, that he was skilled in all kinds of music, but principally pipe-music; was a well-considered poet in his own tongue; had read several books both in French and English; was a dead shot, a good angler, and an excellent fencer with the small sword as well as with his own particular weapon.
He threw himself into the attitude of a lunging fencer, to reach after his oilskin coat; and afterwards he staggered all over the confined space while he jerked himself into it.
I took up a thimble filled with liquor, which Glumdalclitch had given me for a cup, and drank their health, I drew out my hanger, and flourished with it after the manner of fencers in England.
Corchuelo sat down wearied, and Sancho approaching him said, "By my faith, senor bachelor, if your worship takes my advice, you will never challenge anyone to fence again, only to wrestle and throw the bar, for you have the youth and strength for that; but as for these fencers as they call them, I have heard say they can put the point of a sword through the eye of a needle.
He had seen in his province--that land in which heads become so easily heated--a few of the preliminaries of duels; but the daring of these four fencers appeared to him the strongest he had ever heard of even in Gascony.
The Calderdale youngster trains at Royds Hall and the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield as is being coached by former Olympic fencer James Williams.
It takes around BD300 to equip a fencer from head to toe with specialised gear and without appropriate funds we cannot take the sport forward," said Mr Alderazi, who has fenced at international competition level and has been a highly-respected coach in the Middle East for several years.
Top fencers will compete in the Eugene Fencer's Club fall team tournament Saturday at Roosevelt Middle School.
We quite often find bits of metal and stuff in the hedges," said fencer David Mason.
MIDDLESBROUGH fencer Lee Fawcett says he will learn from his Beijing experience.
THE IRONY of her situation isn't lost on Siobhan Byrne, Ireland's first female fencer at an Olympics in more than 50 years.