American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. U.S. 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.
- 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)
“II. i.25 (197,8) drinking, fencing, swearing] I suppose, by _fencing_ is meant a too diligent frequentation of the fencing-school, a resort of violent and lawless young men.”
“Taormina fell behind with a rough start in fencing, which is new to her, but made up the gap quickly in the swim and overhauled the leaders in the run to finish with 5,704 points in her debut.”
“The technical term for this kind of fencing is Krieg - WAR.”
“Also: les gants fourrés = fur-lined gloves un gâteau fourré à la crême = a cream-filled cake un coup fourré = an exchanged hit, double hit (in fencing)”
“BEIJING -- The women's sabre in fencing likely is one of the three best chances for the USA to sweep an Olympic event, along with the men's shot put and men's BMX cycling.”
“Gaps in fencing surrounding Harborough's new £300,000 play area at Welland Park could encourage foxes to use the area as a toilet, councillors have warned.”
“The third mission, I believe he replaces some well trained guy on a planet where fencing is common.”
“Get use to it, high fencing is coming at an alarming rate.”
“We got picket fencing from a friend of my husbands, whose neighbor torn it out of his yard so he could put up something "modern.”
“The fencing is athletic and exciting, especially the climactic duel on a wonderful staircase.”
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