Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Resembling a fence (artificial barrier) or some aspect of one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling a fence

Etymologies

fence +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "This is the last thing we've got is menhaden," says Larry "Boo" Powley of Hoopers Island, one of about 100 fishermen in Maryland who catch the fish in a pound net, a fencelike arrangement of anchored nets that lure them into a trap.

    The Seattle Times

  • There are tall, transparent fencelike barriers to keep hikers from going too near the edge.

    Moving the Chains

  • Its passenger compartment spans the width of two traffic lanes and sits high above the road surface, on a pair of fencelike stilts that leave the road clear for ordinary cars to pass underneath.

    Climate Progress

  • The planks also suggest a process of dematerialization, which is immediately contradicted by the fencelike structure behind them and on which the objects are hooked, in turn giving emphasis to the wall.

    artforum.com

  • Regardless of which railroad he stole them from, they all looked alike: a wheezing engine whose water tank could be easily punctured by enemy bullets, maybe one ordinary coach with windows, one baggage car with heavy bars protecting its windows, followed by a string of flatcars - occasionally one would have fencelike sides - and the inevitable caboose in which Yode enthusiastic Soldier$ who found joy in firing at anyone the men on the forward flatbeds had trussed.

    Mexico

  • I still don’t think you can map a bookstore’s labeling to the most interesting way to discuss individual books, but I am excited about the idea of a category that is less fencelike than SF/Fantasy because it allows in more readers, and it acknowledges the ways in which “fantasy” leaks into the general fiction section anyway, depending on accidents of luck, birth, and publisher.

    War of All Against All: Realism vs Fabulism? Er, No…

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.