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Fence Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fence n
  1. a barrier that serves to enclose an area [syn: fencing]
  2. a dealer in stolen property v
  3. enclose with a fence; "we fenced in our yard" [syn: fence in}]
  4. receive stolen goods
  5. fight with fencing swords
  6. surround with a wall in order to fortify [syn: wall, palisade, fence in, surround]
  7. have an argument about something [syn: argue, contend, debate]
Fence Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fence \Fence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fenced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Fencing.]
  1. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard. To fence my ear against thy sorceries. --Milton.
  2. To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by an inclosure. O thou wall! . . . dive in the earth, And fence not Athens. --Shak. A sheepcote fenced about with olive trees. --Shak. To fence the tables (Scot. Church), to make a solemn address to those who present themselves to commune at the Lord's supper, on the feelings appropriate to the service, in order to hinder, so far as possible, those who are unworthy from approaching the table. --McCheyne.
Fence Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fence \Fence\, n. [Abbrev. from defence.]
  1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield. Let us be backed with God and with the seas, Which he hath given for fence impregnable. --Shak. A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath. --Addison.
  2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from without or straying from within. Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold. --Milton. Note: In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a fence.
  3. (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.
  4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and repartee. See Fencing. 220 catflap.bishopston.net dictd 1.11.2/rf on FreeBSD 8.1-STABLE <113241.78679.1287405298@catflap.bishopston.net>
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fence'

A fence is a freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary. It is generally distinguished from a wall by the lightness of its construction: a wall is usually restricted to such barriers made from solid brick or concrete, blocking vision as well as passage (though the definitions overlap somewhat).

Fences are constructed for several purposes, including:

Various types of fencing include:

Alternatives to fencing include a ditch (sometimes filled with water, forming a moat).

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* Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. - Norman Vincent Peale

* Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. - G. K. Chesterton

* Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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