Meaning of FENCE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ fens ]

( fences, fencing, fenced)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A fence is a barrier between two areas of land, made of wood or wire supported by posts.

Villagers say the fence would restrict public access to the hills.



If you fence an area of land, you surround it with a fence.

The first task was to fence the wood to exclude sheep...

Thomas was playing in a little fenced area full of sand.

VERB : V n , V-ed


A fence in show jumping or horse racing is an obstacle or barrier that horses have to jump over.



If one country tries to mend fences with another, it tries to end a disagreement or quarrel with the other country. You can also say that two countries mend fences .

Washington was last night doing its best to mend fences with the Europeans, saying it understood their concerns...

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR with n , pl-n PHR


If you sit on the fence , you avoid supporting a particular side in a discussion or argument.

They are sitting on the fence and refusing to commit themselves...

PHRASE : V inflects

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