Meaning of FENCE in English


— fencelike , adj.

/fens/ , n. , v. , fenced, fencing .


1. a barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usually made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, to confine, or to mark a boundary.

2. Informal. a person who receives and disposes of stolen goods.

3. the place of business of such a person.

4. the act, practice, art, or sport of fencing.

5. skill in argument, repartee, etc.

6. Mach. a guard or guide, as for regulating the movements of a tool or work.

7. Carpentry. a slotted guide used esp. with a framing square to lay out cuts on rafters and staircase strings.

8. Archaic. a means of defense; a bulwark.

9. mend one's fences , to strengthen or reestablish one's position by conciliation or negotiation: One could tell by his superficially deferential manner that he was trying to mend his fences.

10. on the fence , uncommitted; neutral; undecided: The party leaders are still on the fence.


11. to enclose by some barrier, establishing exclusive right to possession: to fence a farm.

12. to separate by or as by a fence or fences (often fol. by in, off, out, etc.): to fence off a corner of one's yard; to fence out unwholesome influences.

13. to defend; protect; guard: The president was fenced by bodyguards wherever he went.

14. to ward off; keep out.

15. Informal. to sell (stolen goods) to a fence.

16. Naut. to reinforce (an opening in a sail or the like) by sewing on a grommet or other device.


17. to practice the art or sport of fencing.

18. to parry arguments; strive to avoid giving direct answers; hedge: The mayor fenced when asked if he would run again.

19. (of a horse) to leap over a fence.

20. Obs. to raise a defense.

[ 1300-50; ME fens, aph. for defens DEFENSE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .