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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
fence (noun)
1.
archaic a means of protection - defense
2.
a) a barrier intended to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary , especially such a barrier made of posts and wire or boards
b) an immaterial barrier or boundary line - on the other side of the fence in the argument
3.
- fencing
4.
a) a receiver of stolen goods
b) a place where stolen goods are bought
fence (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to enclose with a fence
b) (1) to keep in or out with a fence
(2) to ward off
2.
to provide a defense for
3.
intransitive verb
to sell (stolen property) to a fence
1.
a) to practice - fencing
b) (1) to use tactics of attack and defense resembling those of fencing
(2) to parry arguments by shifting ground
2.
archaic to provide protection
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
fence (noun)
a physical object that blocks the way
SYNONIMS:
barricade, fence, hedge, wall
RELATED WORDS:
bar, pale, paling; block, chain, clog, crimp, deterrent, drag, embarrassment, encumbrance, handicap, hindrance, hurdle, impediment, inhibition, interference, let, obstacle, obstruction, roadblock, stop, stumbling block, trammel; fetter, hobble, manacle, shackle(s); constraint, curb, restraint, snag; buffer, bulwark, bumper, cushion, dam, fender, pad, rampart
NEAR ANTONYMS:
door, doorway, entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway, gate, portal; break, gap, pass
fence (verb)
to drive danger or attack away from
SYNONIMS:
bulwark, cover, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, protect, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, ward
RELATED WORDS:
avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wall
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yield
assail, assault, attack
fence (verb)
to close or shut in by or as if by barriers
SYNONIMS:
box (in), cage, closet, coop (up), corral, encage, encase, envelop, fence (in), hedge, hem (in), house, immure, include, mew (up), pen, wall (in)
RELATED WORDS:
bound, circumscribe, confine, contain, limit, restrict; encircle, encompass, enfold, enframe, enlace, frame, ring, surround; armor, cocoon, encapsulate, encapsule, encyst, ensheathe, ensphere, enwomb
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