from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art or sport of using a foil, épée, or saber in attack and defense.
- n. Skillful repartee, especially as a defense against having to give direct answers.
- n. Material, such as wire, stakes, and rails, used in building fences.
- n. A barrier or enclosure of fences.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of fence.
- n. The art or sport of duelling with swords, especially with the 17th to 18th century European dueling swords and the practice weapons decended from them (sport fencing)
- n. Material used to make fences, fences used as barriers or an enclosure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art or practice of attack and defense with the sword, esp. with the smallsword. See fence, v. i., 2.
- n. Disputing or debating in a manner resembling the art of fencers.
- n. The materials used for building fences.
- n. The act of building a fence.
- n. The aggregate of the fences put up for inclosure or protection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of using a sword or foil in attack and defense, or practice for improvement or the exhibition of skill in that art.
- n. That which fences; an inclosure or fence; the fences collectively.
- n. Specifically, a protection put round a dangerous piece of machinery; brattishing.
- n. Material used in making fences.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. material for building fences
- n. a barrier that serves to enclose an area
- n. the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)
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