fence in

fence in
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fens in]
    • /fɛns ɪn/
    • /fens ɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fens in]
    • /fɛns ɪn/

Definitions of fence in words

  • noun fence in 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 in Informal. a person who receives and disposes of stolen goods. 1
  • noun fence in the place of business of such a person. 1
  • noun fence in the act, practice, art, or sport of fencing. 1
  • noun fence in skill in argument, repartee, etc. 1
  • noun fence in Machinery. a guard or guide, as for regulating the movements of a tool or work. 1

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Origin of fence in

First appearance:

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

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Parts of speech for Fence in


fence in 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 in usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fence in

verb fence in

  • incarcerate — to imprison; confine.
  • hem — to fold back and sew down the edge of (cloth, a garment, etc.); form an edge or border on or around.
  • mew — a cage for hawks, especially while molting.
  • immure — to enclose within walls.
  • pen — a female swan.

Antonyms for fence in

verb fence in

  • release — to lease again.
  • liberate — to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
  • free — enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.
  • let go — to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They're going by bus.
  • let out — (of fur) processed by cutting parallel diagonal slashes into the pelt and sewing the slashed edges together to lengthen the pelt and to improve the appearance of the fur.

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