American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A guard over each wheel of a motor vehicle, for example, that is shaped and positioned so as to block the splashing of water or mud.
- n. A device at the front end of a locomotive or streetcar designed to push aside obstructions.
- n. A cushioning device, such as a bundle of rope or a piece of timber, used on the side of a vessel or dock to absorb impact or friction.
- n. A screen or metal framework placed in front of a fireplace to keep hot coals and debris from falling out.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which fends, guards, or wards off.
- n. Specifically— A guard placed before an open fire to keep live coals from falling on the floor. It usually consists of an upright fence or parapet of sheet-metal or wire gauze, or a light skeleton of wire, set along the front and sides of a hearth, frequently made ornamental and often having a top bar. Fenders are also made to cover the whole front of a fireplace, and are sometimes fitted with a sort of wicket which can be opened without removing the fender.
- n. Nautical, a piece of timber, bundle of rope, or the like, hung over the side of a vessel to prevent it from being injured by rubbing against a pier, another vessel, or other body.
- n. A guard-post placed on the edge of a pier.
- n. An attachment to a cultivator for preventing the clods of earth turned up by it from injuríng the plants.
- n. The rubbing-plate of a carriage, placed where the forward wheels turn under the body of the carriage.
- n. A kind of terrapin. See red-fender.
- n. US panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels
- n. US a shield, usually of plastic or metal, on a bicycle that protects the rider from mud or water
- n. nautical Any shaped cushion-like object normally made from polymers, rubber or wood that is placed along the sides of a boat to prevent damage when moored alongside another vessel or jetty, or when using a lock, etc. Modern variations are cylindrical although older wooden version and rubbing strips can still be found; old tyres are used as a cheap substitute
- n. A low metal framework in front of a fireplace, intended to catch hot coals, soot, and ash
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A screen to prevent coals or sparks of an open fire from escaping to the floor.
- n. Anything serving as a cushion to lessen the shock when a vessel comes in contact with another vessel or a wharf.
- n. A screen to protect a carriage from mud thrown off the wheels: also, a splashboard.
- n. Anything set up to protect an exposed angle, as of a house, from damage by carriage wheels.
- n. an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
- n. a low metal guard to confine falling coals to a hearth
- n. a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
- n. a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud
- fend + -er (Wiktionary)
“Reverse gear works very well and the lever actuator located on the front right fender is convenient to engage.”
“Some of my friends have been involved in fender benders (no injuries) with their personal cars.”
“Bobcats 'Felton sustains injuries in fender-bender”
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“Is a fender anything that protects you from mud or water, or must it have struts, mount to eyelets, and offer full coverage in order to be called a fender?”
“In the fender was a battered tin oilstove, a saucepan, and two cups, provided by Mr Charrington.”
“What the Americans, in their tiresome vernacular, called a fender bender?”
“I saw that the cigarette in the fender was a stump.”
“Four feet upon a fender was his idea of happiness, he told me, during one of these lengthy visits of mine to his house in Beacon Street.”
“There, that's Paris, and the edge of the fender is the Marne.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘fender’.
Anything related to cycling; no motorcycling, please.
Words that, as I see it, have some fond connection to the Alice stories through their creation or particular use by Lewis Carroll. I mean to tie them all together with contexty comments!
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
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