Meaning of FENCE in English


(~s, fencing, ~d)

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


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

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



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

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

Thomas was playing in a little ~d area full of sand.

VERB: V n, V-ed


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



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

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

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


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

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

PHRASE: V inflects

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