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Definition of Fence


  1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield.
  2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from without or straying from within.
  3. A projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.
  4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and repartee. See Fencing.
  5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are received.
  6. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard.
  7. To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by an inclosure.
  8. To make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence.
  9. To practice the art of attack and defense with the sword or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the point only.
  10. Hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc.

Fence Quotations

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Will Rogers

I'm in love with red. I think it's such a passionate color. Every flag of every country pretty much has red it it. It's power, there's no fence sitting with red. Either you love it or you don't. I think its blood and strength and life. I do love red. I love all colors. Great shades of blue, you find them in nature. They're all magic.
Bryan Batt

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Robert Frost

The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.
J. R. R. Tolkien

There's only one thing I never did and wish I had done: climbed over a fence.
Queen Mary
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Fence Translations

fence in Danish is indhegning
fence in Latin is saepe
fence in Norwegian is heler, gjerde, hele, fekte
fence in Portuguese is cerca
fence in Spanish is reja, vallado
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