Definition of fender in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfendər/


1North American The mudguard or area around the wheel well of a vehicle.
Example sentences
  • One, starting at the headlight, forms a curve (upward over the fender area, downward along the door, then back up and down on the rear quarter) that is said to be reminiscent of the beltline of a classic roadster.
  • Overhangs are kept short, though the changing radii of the curved sections between the fenders and bumper faces make them look shorter still.
  • A crisp line runs the length of the vehicle from bulging front fenders to bulging rear fenders, even dissecting the fuel filler cover.
2A plastic cylinder, tire, etc., hung over a ship’s side to protect it against impact.
Example sentences
  • He was responsible for securing the fenders and stowing mooring ropes when the vessel left berth.
  • Always stay away from the dam side and use the time to hang fenders on the side of the boat where the lock house is and watch the light by the lock house.
  • Following the starboard side further forward, a pair of old rubber tyre fenders are still attached to the rail.
3US A metal frame at the front of a locomotive or streetcar for pushing aside obstacles on the line; a cowcatcher.
Example sentences
  • Another bus' right front fender also had a large gash.
  • It also enables the team to adopt structures (notably in the bonnet, fenders, wipers, and front bumper) that help to protect pedestrians in the event of contact.
  • What remains is mostly the rust of part of the body and a fender.
4A low frame bordering a fireplace to prevent burning coals from falling out.
Example sentences
  • His elegantly designed candlesticks, fireplace fenders, and furniture, for example, often made use of identical components in different combinations.
  • The ring's low height and shiny blackness suggest an experimental apparatus, but also evoke old-style fireplace fenders or circular railings in museums.
  • They all fell over and Carrie banged her head on the fender.

Words that rhyme with fender

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Syllabification: fend·er

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