• WordNet 3.6
    • v fend withstand the force of something "The trees resisted her","stand the test of time","The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
    • v fend try to manage without help "The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fend A fiend.
    • v. i Fend To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to parry; to shift off. "The dexterous management of terms, and being able to fend . . . with them, passes for a great part of learning."
    • v. t Fend To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; -- often with off; as, to fend off blows. "With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fend To defend; protect; guard.
    • fend To keep off; prevent from entering or impinging; ward off; forbid: usually followed by off: as, to fend off blows. Compare fen.
    • fend To support; maintain.
    • fend To act in opposition; offer resistance.
    • fend To parry; fence.
    • fend To make provision; give care.
    • n fend The shift which one makes for one's self, whether for sustenance or in any other respect; self-defense or self-support.
    • n fend A Middle English form of fiend.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fend fend to ward off: to shut out: to defend
    • v.i Fend to offer resistance: to make provision for
    • n Fend self-support, the shift one makes for one's self
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    David Cronenberg
    “Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbrev. fr. defend,


In literature:

He hated to think of her turned adrift and left, as the possibility was she had been left, to fend for herself.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
And their trade it is, too, to fend from them all other listeners.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
And thorns and poisonous juices are means adapted to fend off destructive neighbours.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
On his face was the look of one who would fend off what is evil and supernatural.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
I had an ammonia gun in my pocket which I carried to fend off ugly dogs by the roadside, which infest the country.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
Three times he approached the subject, and each time she fended it off.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
She fended off skillfully, hopped out, and began to run.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
With his left he fended himself from the cliff.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
The floe'll fend us off.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
Cheschapah told his victory to the council, with many sentences about himself, and how his medicine had fended all hurt from the Crows.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister

In poetry:

He could from fend to friendship pass,
Yet never changes from what he was.
He is my Father, he alone
Who is my Father's only Son.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Gooid day,--for cake awst ha to fend,
Them childer's maaths to fill;
Th' committee say th' strike sooin will end;
Aw hooap to God it will."
"On Strike" by John Hartley
They wan the door, an' drave it up,
In sprang the dog before them baith,
An' gutcher said, "His name be prais'd
Wha' fended us this nicht frae skaith!"
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
Where are you, living in what depths of time,
love, stepping down into what waters,
now, when the frost of our voiceless lips
does not fend off the divine fires?
"Statue of a Couple" by Czeslaw Milosz
"That fend I godys forbode," kod the screffe,
"So to lese mey godde;"
"Hether ye cam on horse foll hey,
And hom schall ye go on fote;
And gret well they weyffe at home,
The woman ys foll godde.
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
Whan she cou'd dae nae mair she fell an' lay still;
An' the man, hoo he swore her bluid he wad spill;
But the neebors cam' in frae murder to 'fend:
I've tauld hoo they leev'd, ye may guess at their end.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

GMO Crops Need More Herbicide To Fend Off 'Superweeds'.
GMO crops need more herbicide to fend off 'superweeds'.
Falcons fend off Panthers with Bryant's field goal.
At least 11 states were the focus in the final month in a race somewhat similar to this year's: an embattled incumbent trying to fend off a challenger.
This salad helps fend off holiday weight gain .
Jerry McNerney fends off GOP challenger Ricky Gill .
Fend off the cold with this spicy apéritif.
Dallas fends off Coughlin in tight match at Irem Golf Club .
Dallas fends off Coughlin in tight match at Irem Golf Club.
(AP) — Eli Carter scored a season-high 25 points and teammate Myles Mack hit a crucial 3-point basket with less than two minutes remaining as Rutgers fended off UNC Greensboro 87-80 on Sunday afternoon.
Jarell Eddie scored a career-high 28 points and Virginia Tech hit a season-high 14 3-pointers to fend off UNC Greensboro 96-87 on Monday night.
The Democratic state senator fended off a stiff challenge in what became the state's nastiest and most expensive legislative race this year.
James Harden scored 30 points to lead five Rockets in double figures, as Houston fended off a late rally to upend the New Orleans Hornets, 100-96, at Toyota Center.
LAS VEGAS — Republican Sen Dean Heller is headed back to the US Senate for a six-year term of his own, after fending off seven-term Democratic US Rep Shelley Berkley in a bitterly fought campaign.
After more than two years of negotiations, wooing shareholders, and fending off rivals, Hertz Global Holdings said Sunday it will buy Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in a deal worth $2.3 billion.

In science:

In other words, the learner uses randomization to fend off the adversarial choice of labels, whereas it is fully deterministic against the adversarial choice of the permutation.
Random Spanning Trees and the Prediction of Weighted Graphs
Computer viruses also fall into this category; they can be “cured” by antivirus software, but without a permanent virus-checking program the computer has no way to fend off subsequent attacks by the same virus.
The structure and function of complex networks
Special attention was given to the problem of opening of the coronal magnetic field lines and associated outflows (Goodson, B¨ohm & Winglee 1999; Fend & Elstner 2000).
Three-dimensional Simulations of Disk Accretion to an Inclined Dipole: I. Magnetospheric Flow at Different Theta
The rf frequency f (t) that sets the trap depth ǫt = hf (t) − θ was ramped according to the function1 f (t) = fstart (fend/fstart )(t/d)ξ where the start frequency is fstart = 23 MHz, the end frequency is fend = 2 MHz, the maximum ramp duration is d = 25 s, and the shape exponent ξ = 1.5.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
We measure εe in a series of measurements of the sample density; the normal atoms are removed by sweeping the rf frequency down to some ending frequency fend , which is varied.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen