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  • adj. Enclosed
  • adj. Completely surrounded
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of fence in.


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  • Neddy and his spouse had sought the "Barrens," where they had erected a log cabin, fenced in a small lot, and proposed to make that place their home for the remainder of their days.

    John and Mary; or, The Fugitive Slaves, a Tale of South-Eastern Pennsylvania

  • This, by the way, was always the difficulty in carrying out the manual labor system in our schools, and constituted the grand distinction between negro-labor and student-labor: that the negro fenced in the field and hoed up the weeds; the student hoed up the cotton and fenced in the street.

    Fifty Years Since: An Address Before the Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina

  • A battle on the low ground would have been favourable to cavalry; Harold therefore occupied and fenced in a hill, the hill of Senlac, the site in after days of the abbey and town of Battle, and there awaited the Norman attack.

    William the Conqueror

  • First they passed the rock-bound shore which fenced in the home valley; then for a space the rocks and the heights fell back and several acres of arable ground edged the river, cut in two by a small belt of woods.

    The Hills of the Shatemuc

  • You Enter thro 'two Courts walled and divided by a breast wall on wch are Iron spikes pallasadoes: the Middle is a broad gravell walk fenced in wth stone walls; on Each side 3 or 4 steps up into the other Court, and so many steps more thro' an arch into a third Court.

    Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary

  • Difficulties assailed them at the outset, as many weeks passed before they got clear of Rockingham Bay, its rivers, swamps, and dense scrubs fenced in by a mountain chain.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber


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