fence

A fence is a usually wooden or metal structure that encloses a yard, pasture, or other area. Many people with back yard swimming pools put fences around them to make sure small children don't fall in.

The difference between a fence and a wall is that you can almost always see through a fence, at least to some degree, while a wall is solid. You can use fence as a verb too: "I think I'll fence my yard in, because my chickens keep wandering off." If someone calls you a fence, though, they mean you're selling stolen goods, and if you fence professionally, you participate in the sword fighting sport of fencing.

Definitions of fence
  1. noun
    a barrier that serves to enclose an area
    synonyms: fencing
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    backstop
    (baseball) a fence or screen (as behind home plate) to prevent the ball from traveling out of the playing field
    chainlink fence
    a fence of steel wires woven into a diamond pattern
    hedge, hedgerow
    a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
    paling, picket fence
    a fence made of upright pickets
    rail fence
    a fence (usually made of split logs laid across each other at an angle)
    stone wall
    a fence built of rough stones; used to separate fields
    wall
    a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden)
    weir
    a fence or wattle built across a stream to catch or retain fish
    dry wall, dry-stone wall
    a stone wall made with stones fitted together without mortar
    party wall
    a wall erected on the line between two properties and shared by both owners
    privet hedge
    hedge of privet plants
    retaining wall
    a wall that is built to resist lateral pressure (especially a wall built to prevent the advance of a mass of earth)
    shelterbelt, windbreak
    hedge or fence of trees designed to lessen the force of the wind and reduce erosion
    Virginia fence, snake fence, snake-rail fence, worm fence
    rail fence consisting of a zigzag of interlocking rails
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    barrier
    a structure or object that impedes free movement
  2. verb
    surround with an enclosure
    “we fenced in our yard”
    synonyms: fence in
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    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
  3. verb
    surround with a wall in order to fortify
    synonyms: fence in, palisade, surround, wall
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    stockade
    surround with a stockade in order to fortify
    circumvallate
    surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
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    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  4. noun
    a dealer in stolen property
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    bargainer, dealer, monger, trader
    someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
  5. verb
    deal stolen goods
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    have, receive
    get something; come into possession of
  6. verb
    fight with sword-like foils
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    block, deflect, parry
    impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
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    contend, fight, struggle
    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
  7. verb
    have an argument about something
    synonyms: argue, contend, debate
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    stickle
    dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
    spar
    fight verbally
    bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
    argue over petty things
    altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
    have a disagreement over something
    oppose
    be against; express opposition to
    brawl, wrangle
    quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
    spat
    engage in a brief and petty quarrel
    polemicise, polemicize, polemise, polemize
    engage in a controversy
    fall out
    have a breach in relations
    contend, contest, repugn
    make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
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    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
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