F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fens]
    • /fɛns/
    • /fens/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fens]
    • /fɛns/

Definitions of fence word

  • noun fence a barrier enclosing or bordering a field, yard, etc., usually made of posts and wire or wood, used to prevent entrance, to confine, or to mark a boundary. 1
  • noun fence Informal. a person who receives and disposes of stolen goods. 1
  • noun fence the place of business of such a person. 1
  • noun fence the act, practice, art, or sport of fencing. 1
  • noun fence skill in argument, repartee, etc. 1
  • noun fence Machinery. a guard or guide, as for regulating the movements of a tool or work. 1

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Origin of fence

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English fens, aphetic for defens defense

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Fence


fence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fence usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fence

noun fence

  • bar — A bar is a place where you can buy and drink alcoholic drinks.
  • wall — any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc.
  • rail — any of numerous birds of the family Rallidae, that have short wings, a narrow body, long toes, and a harsh cry and inhabit grasslands, forests, and marshes in most parts of the world.
  • dike — a contemptuous term used to refer to a lesbian.
  • roadblock — an obstruction placed across a road, especially of barricades or police cars, for halting or hindering traffic, as to facilitate the capture of a pursued car or inspection for safety violations.

verb fence

  • protect — to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
  • coop — A coop is a cage where you keep small animals or birds such as chickens and rabbits.
  • bound — Bound is the past tense and past participle of bind.
  • secure — free from or not exposed to danger or harm; safe.
  • immure — to enclose within walls.

Antonyms for fence

noun fence

  • opening — an open or clear space.

verb fence

  • harm — a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
  • injure — to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair: to injure one's hand.
  • release — to lease again.
  • attack — To attack a person or place means to try to hurt or damage them using physical violence.
  • hurt — to cause bodily injury to; injure: He was badly hurt in the accident.

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