fencing

Fencing is a structure that encloses a yard or area, like the fencing that keeps your dog confined. Another kind of fencing is a sport with long pointy foils that has been popular with Hamlet, Holden Caulfield, and lots of other fancy kids.

You might buy enough fencing to close in your whole back yard — it could be made of wood, metal, or even plastic, and this material can also be called fencing. A completely different kind of fencing is the sport that involves combat with sword-like weapons. Fencing started as military training and a way of settling disputes, but it grew into a sport during the 18th century, and is now even included in the Olympics.

Primary Meanings of fencing

1.
n
a barrier that serves to enclose an area
2.
n
the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)
Full Definitions of fencing
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n a barrier that serves to enclose an area

Synonyms:
fence
Types:
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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
Type of:
barrier
a structure or object that impedes free movement

n material for building fences

Synonyms:
fencing material
Type of:
building material
material used for constructing buildings
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n the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)

Type of:
play, swordplay
the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
combat, fight, fighting, scrap
the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

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