Meaning of FENCE in English


[fence] n, often attrib [ME fens, short for defens defense] (14c) 1 archaic: a means of protection: defense

2: a barrier intended to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary; esp: such a barrier made of posts and wire or boards

3: fencing 1

4. a: a receiver of stolen goods b: a place where stolen goods are bought -- fence.less adj -- fence.less.ness n -- on the fence : in a position of neutrality or indecision

[2]fence vb fenced ; vt (15c) 1 a: to enclose with a fence b (1): to keep in or out with a fence (2): to ward off

2: to provide a defense for

3: to sell (stolen property) to a fence ~ vi 1 a: to practice fencing b (1): to use tactics of attack and defense resembling those of fencing (2): to parry arguments by shifting ground

2. archaic: to provide protection -- n

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