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.

Definitions of fencing
  1. noun
    a barrier that serves to enclose an area
    synonyms: fence
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    (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
    a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden)
    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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    a structure or object that impedes free movement
  2. noun
    material for building fences
    synonyms: fencing material
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    building material
    material used for constructing buildings
  3. noun
    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)
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    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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