• WordNet 3.6
    • n fen low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water "thousands of acres of marshland","the fens of eastern England"
    • n fen 100 fen equal 1 yuan in China
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chiao is an official unit of currency in China. Also known as jiao, it is a copper-zinc coin that is one-tenth of a yuan and equal to 10 fen.
    • n Fen fĕn Low land overflowed, or covered wholly or partially with water, but producing sedge, coarse grasses, or other aquatic plants; boggy land; moor; marsh.Fen is used adjectively with the sense of belonging to, or of the nature of a fen or fens. "'Mid reedy fens wide spread."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fen Low land covered wholly or partially with water, but producing sedge, coarse grasses, or other aquatic plants; boggy land; a bog; a marsh: as, the bogs in Ireland, or the fens in Lincolnshire, Kent, and Cambridgeshire, England.
    • n fen Mud; mire.
    • n fen A disease affecting hops, caused by a quick-growing moss or mold. Imp. Dict. Synonyms Swamp, etc. See marsh.
    • fen To forbid: same as fend : used in this form by boys in marbles and other games, in an exclamatory way, to check or block, according to understood rules, some move of an opposing player. It occurs in such phrases as “fen roundings!”— that is, I forbid moving around in a circle (as a player might otherwise do in order to avoid some obstruction), “fen dubs!”— that is, I forbid doubles (said when a player knocks two marbles out of the ring, one of which must then be put back). The phrase is properly used only by the opposing player, but through ignorance of its real meaning it may be used also by the player who knocks the marbles out, who thereby cuts off the opponent's right to object, and pockets both marbles.
    • n fen A section in the work of the Arabic physician Avicenna, called the Canon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fen fen a kind of low marshy land often, or partially, covered with water: a morass or bog
    • v.t Fen fen an exclamatory phrase in boys' games, meaning 'Check!' 'Bar!'
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fen, fenn, marsh, mud, dirt; akin to D. veen, OFries. fenne, fene, OHG. fenna, G. fenn, Icel. fen, Goth. fani, mud
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Fend.


In literature:

I judged at once that some of my shipmates must be drawing near along the borders of the fen.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There is also a Chare Fen at Cottenham; and at Littleport is a place called Littleport Chair.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
They were told not to go to the fen; But the did not obey, you know.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
Thou shalt with me to green wood Through mire, moss, and fen!
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
The banks of the stream in front of him were perhaps fen feet high and sloped sharply to the water's edge, fairly free from tangle.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
It has for a long time had a colony in Foulmire Fen, in Cambridgeshire, although properly belonging to a continental race.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
It lies in the midst of the flat Fen country.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
By two in the morning, Sir Daniel sat in the inn room, close by the fireside, for it was cold at that hour among the fens of Kettley.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
What though the waters of the sullen fen seem to pollute the snow of the swan?
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Stephen Gower is coming back to the Fens at last.
"Portia" by Duchess

In poetry:

Oh, I am just a rover
Among the roving men
Who loves to watch the sunlight
Upon the flowering fen;
"A Rover" by Clinton Scollard
It was Sir Frederick Hamilton's men
Were hungry for the fray,
And it was a son of the bog and fen
Would guide them on their way.
"Ballad Of Protestant’s Leap" by Clinton Scollard
The purple martin darts about
The purlieus of the iris fen;
The king-bird rushes up and out,
He screams and whirls and screams again.
"The Voice And The Dusk" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Oh, it was Sir Frederick Hamilton's men
Set forth to smite and slay,
And it was a son of the bog and fen
That guided them on their way!
"Ballad Of Protestant’s Leap" by Clinton Scollard
A Gosherd of Croyland fen one day
Awoke, in haste, from slumber;
And on counting his geese, to his sad dismay,
He found there lacked one of the number.
"The Gosherd Of Croyland" by Thomas Cooper
Of graveyard weather, vapors of a fen
…….We reckon through our pores.
…….Save for the garbage men,
Our children are the first ones out of doors.
"Curriculum Vitae" by Anthony Hecht

In news:

Available from Lawson-Fenning in Los Angeles.
MOST people have heard about the big class-action settlements with the tobacco companies, or other cases involving silicone breast implants and the diet drug combination fen-phen.
Federal Grand Jury Investigating Phen -fen Settlement.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. A federal grand jury in northern Kentucky is investigating the handling of a legal settlement involving the popular diet drug fen- phen .
A judge tentatively approved a revised legal settlement yesterday that would change the way the drug maker Wyeth compensates thousands of people who suffered heart valve damage after taking the fen- phen diet drug combination.
A federal judge has convicted Fen- Phen doctor Pietr Hitzig of illegally prescribing the now-banned diet-drug combination over the Internet to patients he'd never examined in person.
Fen- Phen was supposed to be a diet drug miracle.
But Fen- Phen , which is actually a combination of two drugs, fenfluramine and phentermine, had another effect.
Taiwan's Investigation Bureau employee Liu Hui-fen displays pages of thousands of tiny pieces of Taiwan $1,000 bills that she patched together in Taipei, Taiwan.
Wading Into Knoxville's Slag Heaps and Forgotten Fens.
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In science:

Me toden bygge r p å en unde r s ökn ing av den ovan be sk r ivna g ra fen av kopp l inga r, {q i j} .
Beslutst\"odssystemet Dezzy - en \"oversikt
Tekkoyun M., Cabar G., Complex Lagrangians and Hamiltonians, Journal of Arts and Sciences, C¸ ankaya ¨Univ., Fen-Ed.
Mechanics Systems on Para-Kaehlerian Manifolds of Constant J-Sectional Curvature
Pin-Fen Lin Liu, and siblings (resp. siblings-in-law) Hsiu-Chuan Liu (Yi-Shou Chao), Chien-Ying Liu (Tracy Tse Chui), Alice Hsiu-Hsiang Liu (Tom Cheng-Wei Chang), Hsiu-Luan Liu, and to the memory of his father, Mr.
Nontrivial Azumaya noncommutative schemes, morphisms therefrom, and their extension by the sheaf of algebras of differential operators: D-branes in a $B$-field background \`a la Polchinski-Grothendieck Ansatz
Borzi for valuable advice. U.T. is a TUBITAK M¨unir Birsel Foundation Fellow and acknowledges partial support from Ege University Research Fund under the Pro ject Number 97 FEN 025.
Generalized quantal distribution functions within factorization approach: Some general results for bosons and fermions
Cukurova University, Department of Physics, Fen-Ed.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary