worm fence


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n worm fence rail fence consisting of a zigzag of interlocking rails
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Worm fence a zigzag fence composed of rails crossing one another at their ends; -- called also snake fence, or Virginia rail fence.
    • Worm fence See under Fence.
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In literature:

He would mount to the top pole of the worm fence dividing the fields from the woods.
"Beautiful Joe" by Marshall Saunders
At the edge of a clearing enclosed by a worm fence I came to a row of slave-cabins.
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
He would mount to the top pole of the worm fence dividing the fields from the woods.
"Beautiful Joe" by by Marshall Saunders
The marquis gazed with hungry eyes after the airy little figure as it dashed down the unlovely, worm-fenced road.
"Not Pretty, But Precious" by John Hay, et al.
And the introduction of the zigzag, or "Virginia Worm Fence," is purely of African origin.
"The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States" by Martin R. Delany
The panther leaps the rickety worm-fence an' heads straight as a bullet for the cl'arin!
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)" by Various
I saw him kick a worm clear through the fence!
"Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin" by Ben Field
The black picket and crooked worm fences around the buildings were then removed and replaced with good board and wire fences.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
Returning, weak and bewildered, I adopted the discarded route, which led me to a worm-fence at the edge of the woods.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
There seemed an enemy behind every bush, a rebel in every corner of the worm fence.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
The worm fence generally used.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
A worm fence is run around the house to keep the pigs out of the first story.
"Narrative of Richard Lee Mason in the Pioneer West, 1819" by Richard Lee Mason
They've been ordinary worm fences, haven't they?
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
A zigzag fence is called in the Middle States a worm or "snake" fence.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Meanwhile Si had strolled over a little ways to where an old worm fence had stood when the regiment went into camp.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
Nor have they produced woven-wire fences by crossing the spider and the wire-worm!
"The Challenge of the Country" by George Walter Fiske
One day there crawled over the meadow fence a jolly young Measuring Worm.
"Among the Meadow People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
One day a large Duck came waddling along, and sticking her bill over the little fence of the pen she quickly gobbled up the Worm.
"Canadian Fairy Tales" by Cyrus Macmillan
Some of the worm-fences are new, and ten rails high; but the farming is careless, and the soil thin.
"The Oxford Book of American Essays" by Various
The Hemlock Farm was awake to its farthest worm-eaten old fence.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 33, November 1877" by Various

In poetry:

The hoar-frost hisses 'neath the feet,
And the worm-fence's straggling length,
Smote by the morning's slanted strength,
Sparkles one rib of virgin sleet.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

This is the Sherfy family farm, with a worm fence in front, and site of fierce fighting.