Meaning of FENCE in English
/ fens; NAmE / noun , verb
a structure made of wood or wire supported with posts that is put between two areas of land as a boundary , or around a garden / yard, field, etc. to keep animals in, or to keep people and animals out
a structure that horses must jump over in a race or a competition
( informal ) a criminal who buys and sells stolen goods
see grass noun , mend verb , side noun , sit
[ vn ] to surround or divide an area with a fence :
His property is fenced with barbed wire.
—see also unfenced
[ v ] to take part in the sport of fencing
[ v ] fence (with sb) to speak to sb in a clever way in order to gain an advantage in the conversation
- fence sb/sth in
- fence sth off
Middle English (in the sense defending, defence ): shortening of defence . Compare with fend .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005