fence


fence
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. barrier, barricade, wall, stockade, paling, hedge, railing; slang, bagman or -woman, receiver [of stolen goods]. —v. i. en-close; fight, thrust and parry; parry, evade; slang, bootleg, black-market, unload. See defense, enclosure, contention, stealing, illegality.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [That which surrounds an enclosure]
Syn. barricade, barrier, rail, railing, wall, picket fence, wire fence, board fence, electrified fence, barbed-wire fence, post-and-rail fence, chain-link fence, snake fence, Cyclone fence (trademark), rail fence, chain fence, stone wall, hedge, paling, balustrade, palisade, backstop, net, dike, ha-ha.
2. [Material to make an enclosure]
Syn. fencing, barbed wire, chicken wire, pickets, woven wire, palings, stakes, grape stakes, posts, rails, boarding.
3. [A receiver of stolen goods]
Syn. accomplice; front, front man, drop*, dump*, family man*, uncle*, swagman*.
mend one's fences*,
Syn. reNew contacts, look after one's political interests, solicit votes, politic; see campaign 1 .
on the fence*,
Syn. uncertain, uncommitted, undecided, neutral; see doubtful 2 , undecided .
v.
1. [To enclose with a fence]
Syn. surround, encircle, corral; see enclose 1 .
2. [To avoid giving a direct reply]
Syn. hedge, parry, dodge, sidestep; see evade 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
enclosure, barrier, barricade, boundary, wall, rail, paling, palisade, hedge.
WORD FIND
cattle-enclosing: barbed wire fence
fish-catching fence made of stakes: weir
post and rail: post and rail fence
screen of wood strips: lattice
stake fence: picket fence, paling
stake fence used for defense: palisade
sunken, in ditch: ha-ha
wire mesh: chain-link fence, *Cyclone fence
woven work of twigs, branches: wattle fence
zigzagging rail fence: Virginia fence, worm fence, snake fence
II
v.
1. enclose surround, pen, confine, encircle, separate, bound, corral, wall, hem.
2. fight with sabers or foils duel, parry, engage in swordplay.
WORD FIND
deflect opponent’s weapon: parry
faked movement to throw off opponent: feint
forward thrust and jump: lunge
grazing blow down opponent’s blade: coulé
jump and lunge: balestra
leap: volt
offensive move made after parry: riposte
protective cup on weapon: guard
protective glove: gauntlet
protective jacket: fencing jacket, underplastron
readiness stance: on guard
run toward opponent with arm extended: fleché
score: hit
taking of opponent’s blade, method of: croisé
term: touché
weapon: epee, foil, saber, rapier
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To confine within a limited area. Also used with in: cage, coop (in or up), enclose, immure, mew (up), pen2, shut in, shut up, wall (in or up). See FREE. 2. To separate with or as if with a wall: partition, wall. See INCLUDE.

English dictionary for students. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Fence — (f[e^]ns), n. [Abbrev. from defence.] 1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield. [1913 Webster] Let us be backed with God and with the seas, Which he hath given for fence impregnable. Shak. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fence — 1 n 1: a barrier intended to prevent escape or intrusion or to mark a boundary 2 a: a receiver of stolen goods b: a place where stolen goods are bought fence 2 vt fenced, fenc·ing 1 a: to enclose with a fence …   Law dictionary

  • Fence — Fence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fenced} (f[e^]nst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fencing} (f[e^]n s[i^]ng).] 1. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard. [1913 Webster] To fence my ear against thy sorceries. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fence — Fence, v. i. 1. To make a defense; to guard one s self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence. [1913 Webster] Vice is the more stubborn as well as the more dangerous evil, and therefore, in the first… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fence — fence; fence·less; fence·row; fence·less·ness; of·fence; …   English syllables

  • fence — [fens] n. [ME fens, aphetic for defens, DEFENSE] 1. Obs. a protection; defense 2. a barrier, as of wooden or metal posts, rails, wire mesh, etc., used as a boundary or means of protection or confinement 3. the art of self defense with foil, saber …   English World dictionary

  • fence — ► NOUN 1) a barrier enclosing an area, typically consisting of posts connected by wire, wood, etc. 2) a large upright obstacle in steeplechasing, showjumping, or cross country. 3) informal a dealer in stolen goods. 4) a guard or guide on a plane… …   English terms dictionary

  • fence — [n] barrier used to enclose a piece of land backstop, balustrade, bar, barbed wire, barricade, block, boards, chains, Cyclone, defense, dike, guard, hedge, net, paling, palisade, pickets, posts, rail, railing, rampart, roadblock, shield, stakes,… …   New thesaurus

  • fence — ● fence nom masculin (anglais fence) Obstacle de steeple chase constitué par une barrière de planches …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fence — [fens] verb [intransitive] informal LAW to buy and sell stolen goods: • The police suspect he has been fencing electronic equipment …   Financial and business terms

  • fence in — index circumscribe (surround by boundary), confine, contain (enclose), enclose, encompass (surround), envelop …   Law dictionary