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fence

fence

 
 
pronunciation:
fens
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a structure made of stone, wire, wood, or other material, that serves to define boundaries of property or to prevent entry into or escape from the area it surrounds.
 
definition 2: one who buys and resells stolen goods.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fenced, fences, fencing
definition: to enclose within a barrier, esp. a fence, for purposes of protection or division (often fol. by in, off, or out).
We fenced off our share of the property.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to participate in the sport of fencing.
 
definition 2: to avoid giving a straightforward answer; hedge.
similar words:
equivocate
derivation: fencer (n.)