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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fence have an argument about something
    • v fence surround with a wall in order to fortify
    • v fence fight with fencing swords
    • v fence enclose with a fence "we fenced in our yard"
    • v fence receive stolen goods
    • n fence a barrier that serves to enclose an area
    • n fence a dealer in stolen property
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Additional illustrations & photos:

We talked over the fence We talked over the fence
Jumping fences is the highest art of horsemanship Jumping fences is the highest art of horsemanship
An old lady stands at a garden fence An old lady stands at a garden fence

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fence (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.
    • Fence A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are received.
    • Fence An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from without or straying from within. "Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold."
    • Fence Hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc. "They fence and push, and, pushing, loudly roar;
      Their dewlaps and their sides are bathed in gore."
      "As when a billow, blown against,
      Falls back, the voice with which I fenced A little ceased, but recommenced."
    • Fence Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and repartee. See Fencing. "Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric,
      That hath so well been taught her dazzing fence ."
      "Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence ."
    • Fence That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield. "Let us be backed with God and with the seas,
      Which he hath given for fence impregnable."
      "A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath."
    • Fence To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard. "To fence my ear against thy sorceries."
    • Fence To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by an inclosure. "O thou wall! . . . dive in the earth,
      And fence not Athens."
      "A sheepcote fenced about with olive trees."
    • Fence To make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence. "Vice is the more stubborn as well as the more dangerous evil, and therefore, in the first place, to be fenced against."
    • Fence To practice the art of attack and defense with the sword or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the point only. "He will fence with his own shadow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fence That which fends off; anything that restrains entrance, or defends from attack, approach, or injury; defense; guard.
    • n fence An inclosure round a yard, field, or other tract of ground, or round or along the sides of any open space, as part of a large room, a bridge, etc. Specifically, a fence for land is understood, especially in the United States, to be a line of posts and rails or wire, or of boards or pickets; but the term is applicable to a wall, hedge, ditch or trench, bank, or anything that serves to guard against unrestricted ingress and egress, to obstruct the view, or merely as a tangible dividing line. By American statutes, boundary-fences between adjoining owners are usually required to be 4 feet high (in some States 4½), and in good repair, and to consist of a suitable structure, or to be a watercourse or other barrier which the fence-viewers having jurisdiction shall deem sufficient.
    • n fence A guard, guide, or gage designed to regulate or restrict the movement of a tool or machine.
    • n fence An arm or a projection in a lock which enters the gates of the tumblers when they are adjusted in proper position and coincidence, and at other times prevents such movement of the dog or other obstructing member as would allow the bolt to be retracted.
    • n fence The arm of the hammer-spring of a gun-lock.
    • n fence The art of self-defense, especially by the sword; fencing; skill in fencing or sword-play; hence, skill in argument and repartee, especially adroitness in defending one's position and baffling an opponent's attacks.
    • n fence A purchaser or receiver of stolen goods; the keeper of a place for the purchase or reception of stolen goods, or the place itself.
    • n fence An inclosure in which fish are dried, cured, and prepared.
    • fence To defend; guard; hem in.
    • fence To obstruct approach to; divide off.
    • fence To inclose with a fence, as a wall, hedge, railing, or anything that prevents or might prevent entry or egress; secure by an inclosure.
    • fence To parry or thrust aside as if by fencing: with off.
    • fence To raise a fence; provide a guard.
    • fence To practise the art of fencing; use a sword or foil for the purpose of self-defense, or of learning the art of attack and defense.
    • fence To fight and defend by giving and avoiding blows or thrusts.
    • fence Figuratively, to parry arguments or strive by equivocation to baffle an examiner and conceal the truth, as a dishonest witness.
    • fence To deposit stolen property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fence fens a wall or hedge for enclosing animals or for protecting land: the art of fencing: defence: a receiver of stolen goods, also a receiving-house
    • v.t Fence to enclose with a fence: to fortify
    • v.i Fence to practise fencing: to conceal the truth by equivocal answers
    • n Fence the act of erecting a fence: the art of attack and defence with a sword or other weapon
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  • Jim Rohn
    “It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.”
  • John Locke
    “The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The grass is always greener where the fence isn't.”
  • Czech. Proverb
    Czech. Proverb
    “Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.”
  • Arthur Baer
    Arthur Baer
    “A good neighbor is a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence, but doesn't climb over it.”


Fall at the first fence - If something falls at the first fence, it goes wrong or fails at the first or an early stage.
Fence sitter - Someone that try to support both side of an argument without committing to either is a fence sitter.
Good fences make good neighbours - This means that it is better for people to mind their own business and to respect the privacy of others. ('Good fences make good neighbors' is the American English spelling.)
Mend fences - When people mend fences, they try to improve or restore relations that have been damaged by disputes or arguments.
Sit on the fence - If someone sits on the fence, they try not to support either side in a dispute.
Straddle the fence - To straddle the fence is to be indecisive, often to the point where it becomes painful not to make a decision.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbrev. from defence,


In literature:

I've got a chicken house back here, with a high picket fence around it, and I keep it locked, I tell you.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
For already the nester was fencing the open range.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
It was a large yard, with a high wooden fence around it.
"Clematis" by Bertha B. Cobb
All fencing exercises and all fencing at will between individuals will begin and terminate with the formal courtesy of the fencing salute.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
So she trotted along the fence.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
She retired, but she expressed her mind freely for some time, sitting on the fence below.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
He looked out at the fenced pastures where the colony's community stock grazed.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
A fence of six rails separated me from the sufferer; but what of that?
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
A dividing fence ran from the sycamore, straight toward the moon.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
The fence was new and strong; I built it new this fall, you know.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower

In poetry:

And straight my spirit swooping goes
Across the waves of time
Till I’m a little boy who knows
A fence is made to climb;
"The Child Impaled" by John Le Gay Brereton
Of Eglantine an humble fence
Around the mansion stood,
Which serv'd at once to charm the sense,
And screen an infant wood.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
The pride that fenced her heart in mail
By mortal pain was torn.
Forth from her bosom leaped a wail,
As of a babe new-born.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
And days went by on dancing feet,
With harvest-hopes immense,
And laughing eyes beheld the wheat
Nid-nodding o’er the fence.
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
Law threats and precepts both, I see,
With gospel promises agree;
They to the gospel are a fence,
And it to them a maintenance.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
But we were used to each, and knew
The harmless fence of tongue;
So quip and jest rose up and flew
And prick'd, but never stung.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own.
Beyond The Fence Line -Why The Toxics Release Inventory Is So Important.
The Legend of Lincoln's Fence Rail .
Pulled out of a fence row where it had sat for at least 38 years, Jeff Carroll's 1949 Ford F1 was a rusty hulk -- until he and his good friend Dale Metsker brought the old hauler back to life as this Torch Red beauty.
A Fence Sitter Sums Up.
Fenced -off park on Close Ave a no-play zone until next spring.
Fight Looms Over Sacramento's Fenced -Off Levees.
The city of Sacramento is reviving a long-stalled plan to bring down the fences.
A fence blocking the levee near River Isle Way in the Pocket area extends to the Sacramento River.
As a result, some of these property owners still hold a legal right to fence off their small piece of the levee.
City officials are weighing a plan that would remove such fences to increase river access.
They haven't required anyone else in the neighborhood to remove a fence .
Follow this link to my Aug 3, 2012, column about the fence .
1 incumbent fenced with 2 challengers, the other didn't show.
CARL RUSSO/Staff photos Andover High senior Scott Kaluzny of Scout Troop 76 of the Balardvale United Church, coordinated the construction of a backyard fence for the Faith Lutheran Church on South Main Street to earn his Eagle Scout badge.

In science:

Fences and graphs of dual cyclic 4-polytopes.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
For a graph G = (V , E ) respectively D = (V , A) an injective map Φ : V → [0, n − 1]2 is called a fence embedding if Φ(G) respectively Φ(D) is the subgraph of a fence.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
But in order to apply Corollary 2.14 we have to define suitable fence embeddings first.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
We start by giving several fence embeddings and proving some properties of them.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
For any embedding Φ in Lemma 3.6 the graph Φ( D[pred( ¯q1 )] ) is the subgraph of a sink-free fence.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes