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Meaning of FENCE

Pronunciation:  fens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a barrier that serves to enclose an area
  2. [n]  (informal) a dealer in stolen property
  3. [v]  fight with fencing swords
  4. [v]  have an argument about something
  5. [v]  surround with a wall in order to fortify
  6. [v]  enclose with a fence; "we fenced in our yard"
  7. [v]  receive stolen goods

FENCE is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: argue, contend, debate, fence in, fence in, fencing, palisade, surround, wall
 See Also: altercate, argufy, backstop, bargainer, barrier, bicker, block, brabble, chainlink fence, circumvallate, converse, dealer, deflect, differ, disagree, discourse, dispute, dissent, enclose, fence line, fight, have, hedge, hedgerow, inclose, monger, niggle, oppose, paling, parry, pettifog, picket fence, protect, quarrel, quibble, rail fence, receive, scrap, shut in, spar, squabble, stickle, stockade, stone wall, struggle, take issue, trader, wall, wall in, wall up, weir



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fence\, n. [Abbrev. from defence.]
    1. 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.  --Shak.
             A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath.
    2. 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.
    Note: In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a
          structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a
    3. (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the
       tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.
    4. 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.   --Milton.
             Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence.
    5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are
       received. [Slang] --Mayhew.
    {Fence month} (Forest Law), the month in which female deer
       are fawning, when hunting is prohibited. --Bullokar.
    {Fence roof}, a covering for defense. ``They fitted their
       shields close to one another in manner of a fence roof.''
    {Fence time}, the breeding time of fish or game, when they
       should not be killed.
    {Rail fence}, a fence made of rails, sometimes supported by
    {Ring fence}, a fence which encircles a large area, or a
       whole estate, within one inclosure.
    {Worm fence}, a zigzag fence composed of rails crossing one
       another at their ends; -- called also {snake fence}, or
       {Virginia rail fence}.
    {To be on the fence}, to be undecided or uncommitted in
       respect to two opposing parties or policies. [Colloq.]
  2. \Fence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fenced (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect;
       to guard.
             To fence my ear against thy sorceries. --Milton.
    2. To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by
       an inclosure.
             O thou wall! . . . dive in the earth, And fence not
             Athens.                               --Shak.
             A sheepcote fenced about with olive trees. --Shak.
    {To fence the tables} (Scot. Church), to make a solemn
       address to those who present themselves to commune at the
       Lord's supper, on the feelings appropriate to the service,
       in order to hinder, so far as possible, those who are
       unworthy from approaching the table. --McCheyne.
  3. \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
             Vice is the more stubborn as well as the more
             dangerous evil, and therefore, in the first place,
             to be fenced against.                 --Locke.
    2. 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.    --Shak.
    3. 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 bat?ed in gore.
             As when a billow, blown against, Falls back, the
             voice with which I fenced A little ceased, but
             recommenced.                          --Tennyson.
Computing Dictionary

1. A sequence of one or more distinguished (out-of-band) characters (or other data items), used to delimit a piece of data intended to be treated as a unit (the computer-science literature calls this a "sentinel"). The NUL (ASCII 0000000) character that terminates strings in C is a fence. hex FF is also (though slightly less frequently) used this way. See zigamorph.

2. An extra data value inserted in an array or other data structure in order to allow some normal test on the array's contents also to function as a termination test. For example, a highly optimised routine for finding a value in an array might artificially place a copy of the value to be searched for after the last slot of the array, thus allowing the main search loop to search for the value without having to check at each pass whether the end of the array had been reached.

3. [among users of optimising compilers] Any technique, usually exploiting knowledge about the compiler, that blocks certain optimisations. Used when explicit mechanisms are not available or are overkill. Typically a hack: "I call a dummy procedure there to force a flush of the optimiser's register-colouring info" can be expressed by the shorter "That's a fence procedure".

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a fence in your dream means an obstacle or barrier that may be standing on your path. You may feel confined and restricted in expressing yourself. Are you feeling fenced in? Alternatively, it may symbolize a need for privacy. You may want to shut off the rest of the world. Dreaming that you are climbing to the top of a fence indicates success. If you climb over the fence, then it indicates that you will accomplish your desires via not so legitimate means. Dreaming that you are building a fence means a solid foundation for future wealth through your economical and industrious character. Dreaming that you fall from a fence indicates that you are in way over your head in regards to some project which you are incapable of dealing with. Seeing animals jumping over a fence into an enclosure, foretells that you will receive assistance from an unexpected source. Seeing them jumping out means loss in trade.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. gader), Num. 22:24 (R.V.). Fences were constructions of unmortared stones, to protect gardens, vineyards, sheepfolds, etc. From various causes they were apt to bulge out and fall (Ps. 62:3). In Ps. 80:12, R.V. (see Isa. 5:5), the psalmist says, "Why hast thou broken down her fences?" Serpents delight to lurk in the crevices of such fences (Eccl. 10:8; comp. Amos 5:19).

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