sunk fence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sunk fence a ditch with one side being a retaining wall; used to divide lands without defacing the landscape
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sunk fence a ditch with a retaining wall, used to divide lands without defacing a landscape; a ha-ha.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sunk fence a ditch or water-course
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Abbrev. of defence.

Usage

In literature:

Everywhere there was a profusion of flowers, and on all sides beyond a sunk fence lay the great park.
"The Brother of Daphne" by Dornford Yates
The long fences of Judge Henry's home ranch began upon Sunk Creek soon after that stream emerged from its canyon through the Bow Leg.
"The Virginian" by Owen Wister
There's the clover-field and the sunk fence before you, and you'll be killed on the spot!
"Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Charles Lever
In the garden stood Rose, on the edge of the sunk fence dividing the Rectory domain from the cornfield.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Its garden surrounded by a sunk fence could be seen, and the figure of a lady walking in it.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The spikes of the pines are sunk into pear-shaped crystals, and each fence-post is miraculously hilted with diamonds.
"Letters of Travel (1892-1913)" by Rudyard Kipling
There was a beaten sunk road, between fences, above the farm yard at Lithend, and there they halted with their band.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
There was that moment near the corral fence when he had not moved, but still the spurs had sunk in anyway.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
There, away across the green park beyond the sunk fence, were people coming.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
He was kept at home for a week, and told not to go past the sunk fence.
"The Book of One Syllable" by Esther Bakewell
In the garden stood Rose, on the edge of the sunk fence dividing the rectory domain from the cornfield.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
So I went and got hold of a ripping good place in a kind of sunk fence.
"Deep Moat Grange" by S. R. Crockett
They were faced by a lawn contained within a sunk fence.
"Abington Abbey" by Archibald Marshall
In front of it are pleasure-grounds, then a sunk fence, then spacious meadow-lands.
"Helena's Path" by Anthony Hope
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In poetry:

The garden fence is broken down,
Unhinged the garden gate,
The roof of thatch has sunk and flown,
And all is desolate.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson