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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun fence:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb fence:


The word fence is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun fence

What does fence mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: fences

  1. a barrier that serves to enclose an area
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of fence: fencing
    • more generic word: barrier = a structure or object that impedes free movement
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: fence line = a boundary line created by a fence
  2. a dealer in stolen property

Alternative definition of the noun fence


  1. A thin, human-constructed barrier which separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.
  2. A middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
  3. The place whence such a middleman operates.
  4. Skill in oral debate.
  5. The art or practice of fencing.
  6. A guard or guide on machinery.
  7. [figuratively] A barrier, for example an emotional barrier.

Specialised definition of the noun fence

Glossary of sports / equestrian

an obstacle to be jumped in a steeplechase (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb fence

What does fence mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fenced | fencing | fences

  1. enclose with a fence
  2. receive stolen goods
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: have / receive = get something
  3. fight with fencing swords
  4. surround with a wall in order to fortify
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of fence: fence in / palisade / surround / wall
    • more generic word: protect = shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
    • more specific words:
      • stockade = surround with a stockade in order to fortify
      • circumvallate = surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
  5. have an argument about something

Alternative definition of the verb fence


  1. [transitive] To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.
  2. [transitive] To defend or guard.
  3. [transitive] To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.
  4. [intransitive] To engage in (the sport) fencing.
  5. [intransitive] [equestrian] To jump over a fence.

Specialised definition of the verb fence

Glossary of sports

to fight using a slender sword, formerly in combat, now as a competitive sport (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Fence is a musical group.
    • albums: "Angels on Your Body", "The Woolf", "The Return of Geronimo", "Fence"
  2. Fence is a musical group.
    • albums: "The New Diplomacy", "Public Treason"

There are other groups with in their name, like White Fence, Dillon Fence, Electric fence, Thin Wire Fence, Chain Link Fence, Fence of Defense, White Picket Fence and Wire Fence Project.


  1. "FENCE" is a musical album of J-BLOODS.
  2. "Fence" a.k.a. "東野純直/フェンス" is a musical single of Sumitada Azumano.
  3. "Fence" is a musical album of Fence.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  4. "Fence" is a musical album of Blues Wire.
    • released in (15 years ago)


  1. Fence is a fictional character from the 2012 film The Captain of Nakara.
  2. Fence is a fictional character from The Happy Thieves.
  3. Fence is a fictional character from the 1987 film Happy New Year.
  4. Fence is a fictional character from the 2001 film Acts of Worship.
  5. Fence is a fictional character from the 2001 film A Knight's Tale.
  6. Fence is a fictional character from the 2008 film Drillbit Taylor.
  7. Fence is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Frankie The Fence.


  1. Fence is an investment strategy that uses options to limit the range of possible returns on a financial instrument.
  2. Fence: In mathematics, a fence, also called a zigzag poset, is a partially ordered set in which the order relations form a path with alternating orientations: a < b > c < d > e < f > h < i ... or a > b < c > d < e > f < h > i ... A fence may be finite, or it may be formed by an infinite alternating sequence extending in both directions.
  3. Fence: A fence is a straight edge that is placed parallel to the direction of the cut saw blade. It is rigidly connected to the saw or table. The distance between the surface of the fence and the closest edge of the saw blade dictates the specified width of the cut. Material that is being cut is held tight against the fence in order to ensure that it is cut to the specified width.

Phrases with Fence

Phrases starting with the word Fence:

  1. fence in
  2. fence off
  3. fence line
  4. fence rail
  5. fence lizard
  6. Fence Sitter
  7. fence-sitter
  8. fence mending

Phrases ending with the word Fence:

  1. rail fence
  2. sunk fence
  3. worm fence
  4. snake fence
  5. Ghetto Fence
  6. on the fence
  7. picket fence
  8. virginia fence
  9. chainlink fence
  10. Roundpole fence
  11. Sat on the Fence
  12. Sit on the Fence

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fence

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Google previewGila National Forest (N.F.), Diamond Bar Allotment Management Plan (1995)

Environmental Impact Statement

to below the north/south division fence is an intermittent stream. The bottom is very narrow (only 10 to 15 feet ...

Google previewStatistics with Maple (2003)

by John Arthur Rafter, Martha L. Abell, James P. Braselton

The lower inner fence is the lower quartile minus 1 .5 x IQR; the upper inner fence is the upper quartile plus 1.5 x IQR; and the adjacent values are the two values in the data set that are closest to and inside the inner fences. Values in the data ...

Google previewModern Poultry Breeder (1904)

A good fence is an investment.

Google previewCorpus Juris (1921)

Being a Complete and Systematic Statement of the Whole Body of the Law as Embodied in and Developed by All Reported Decisions by William Mack, William Benjamin Hale

A fence is an inclosing structure about a...

Google previewCome Garden with Me (2006)

by Elizabeth Pickett Mills

Putting up a fence is a good do-it-yourself project for the family. The labor is the big expense item. For the gardener who loves to grow plants from seeds and cuttings, now is the time to get into action. Cuttings of azaleas, camellias, hollies, ...

Google previewVegetable Gardening For Dummies (2009)

by Charlie Nardozzi, The Editors of the National Gardening Association

Figure 17-5: A slanted fence is the best design to ...

Google previewGrowing Grapes in Texas (2014)

From the Commercial Vineyard to the Backyard Vine by Jim Kamas

If you plan on growing grapes where there is even a small deer population, erecting agame fence is a necessity. Grapevines are among deer's most favored forages. They will eat every leaf that grows, and a small deer population will turn into ...

Google previewWilliam Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship (2012)

The Roots of Environmentalism in Nineteenth-century Culture by Scott Hess

A white fence is a double offense against picturesque principles, both by its color and by its introduction of property boundaries into ...

Google previewThe Chicken Encyclopedia (2012)

An Illustrated Reference by Gail Damerow

Surrounding the shelter with a movable fence gives the chickens more room to move around and therefore lengthens the amount of time they may remain on one piece of ground. A good rule of thumb is to pasture only as many chickens as ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1875)

Being a Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering

FENCE. the series of tables, and beneath the longitudinally and transversely reciprocating platens. The combined heat, wet, and rubbing action consolidates the bat of fiber into a felted web. Fe-luo'ca. (Wessel.) A small vessel propelled by ...

Google previewThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living (2011)

by Abigail R. Gehring

the fence where the poultry are—this way they can not dig underneath, especially once grass and other natural materials hide the wire netting. to dig in this type offence, make a trench about 6 inches deep; drop the netting into it; and then fill ...

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Quotes about Fence

In baseball you hit your home run over the right-field fence, the left-field fence, the center-field fence. Nobody cares. In golf everything has got to be right over second base. (Ken Harrelson)
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Scrabble value of F4E1N1C3E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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