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Saltos de línea: fence
Pronunciación: /fɛns

Definición de fence en inglés:


1A barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to prevent or control access or escape.
Example sentences
  • South Korean news agency Yonhap said the group cut through a wire fence to gain access to the school grounds in a northern suburb of Beijing early Friday.
  • They broke the wire fence to the play area along with the overflow pipe to the drinking fountain.
  • Very good control using a wire fence is essential for any kind of utilisation.
barrier, paling, railing, rail, bar, hurdle, enclosure;
wall, hedge, hedgerow, windbreak, groyne, partition;
barricade, stockade, palisade, rampart, protection, defence
1.1A large upright obstacle in steeplechasing, showjumping, or cross-country.
Example sentences
  • Lake was injured when his mount jumped poorly at the next-to-last fence during a novice hurdle race and unseated him.
  • A chase involves larger, rigid fences while a hurdle race is run over shorter, more flexible obstacles.
  • On the second circuit, these two fences are bypassed and the last obstacle has no fence on it at all.
2A guard or guide on a plane, saw, or other tool.
Example sentences
  • This leaves a short side surface at right angles to the rear of the strip, adequate for guiding the fence of the cornice plane.
  • The fence of this plane is guided by the drawer side, and the depth stop sets the distance to be cut into the side of the drawer.
  • The fence of a plow plane must be held firmly at the chosen distance from its stock if the tool is to function properly.
3 informal A person who deals in stolen goods.
Example sentences
  • There he meets up with the wily Artful Dodger who takes him to thief and fence Fagin, who is in charge of a gang of young pickpockets.
  • For Polanski portrays the fence Fagin and his gang of children who steal silk handkerchiefs, pocket watches and wallets in a far more sympathetic light than the authorities.
receiver of stolen goods, dealer in stolen goods;
receiver, dealer, trafficker
informal pusher


[with object] Volver al principio  
1Surround or protect with a fence: our garden was not fully fenced
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • The entire area of the marsh has to be fenced to protect the remaining part from further encroachment, say nature lovers, who enjoy its vast expanse and birdlife.
  • The gardens which surround the property are fenced with mature spruce trees separating the garden from the road.
  • Sections of upper beach were fenced to protect nests, and regulations limiting some recreational activities were posted and enforced.
enclose, surround, circumscribe, encircle, circle, encompass, bound, form a barrier around, form a ring round;
divide up, section off, separate off, partition off, cut off, cordon off, close off, isolate, segregate, seal, close
literary gird, girdle, engird
rare compass
1.1 (fence something in/off) Enclose or separate an area with a fence: a small plantation of young trees had been fenced off
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Two specific areas of trees will be fenced off on the bank of the beck so the saplings will be safe from being eaten by deer or other animals.
  • It is not just the learning spaces that are separate; the children are fenced off from each other in the playing areas.
  • I have turned up before 5pm and been told the area was fenced off because of lack of staff.
intern, impound, hold captive, keep under lock and key;
secure, protect, defend;
North American corral
1.2 (fence someone/thing out) Use a barrier to exclude someone or something: walkers may find themselves fenced out of the moor
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • On summer rangeland, you need to start accumulating growth no later than early July by fencing cows out of the planned winter pasture.
  • He decided to plant willows and fence the cows out.
  • Next, the area is sown with regnans and other native hardwood seeds, and any animals - wallabies, wombats, and possums - that might eat seedlings are fenced out, trapped, or shot.
2 informal Buy or sell (stolen goods): after stealing your ring, he didn’t even know how to fence it
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • However, unknown to her friends and neighbours, she was running a seaside syndicate of burglars who stole to order and used her shop to fence the goods.
  • You then made a business of fencing the goods you asked him to steal at your store for profit.
  • Policemen need to be out there checking on pawnbrokers and second-hand dealers, because they know who is fencing the goods.
receive stolen goods, deal in stolen goods
3 [no object] Engage in the sport of fencing.
Example sentences
  • Next, Anders took a wooden sword and fenced with one of the dummies.
  • When one fences a lot and sweats abundantly, the mask can deteriorate quickly.
  • He jabbed the air a couple of times, as if he were fencing, before swinging his sword round his head like a slingshot.
3.1Conduct a discussion or argument in an evasive way: twelve months of fencing with McLaren had taken a toll his nerves
be evasive, be vague, be ambiguous, be non-committal, equivocate, prevaricate, stall, vacillate, quibble, hedge, beat about the bush, dodge the issue, sidestep the issue, parry questions, fudge the issue, mince one's words
informal pussyfoot around, duck the question, duck the issue, waffle, flannel, shilly-shally


Middle English (in the sense 'defending, defence'): shortening of defence. Compare with fencible and fend.


mend (one's) fences

see mend.

over the fence

Australian /NZ informal Unreasonable or unacceptable.

side of the fence

Used to refer to either of the opposing positions or interests involved in a particular situation: whatever side of the fence you are on, the debate on conventional versus organic farming is not going to disappear
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Now, we're on the opposite side of the fence - we're selling the little house we've grown to love.
  • You were a media planner, and handled the media campaigns of other models, so what did you learn from the other side of the fence?
  • In 1994 they had been on the other side of the fence, yet, today they all sit next to each other peacefully in church.

sit on the fence

Avoid making a decision or choice.
Example sentences
  • But he's going to make change and he's going to bring a lot of confidence to a lot of people who are sitting on the fence with the same decision.
  • You should make a decision; you cannot sit on the fence.
  • If that brings to mind a lot of dithering and sitting on the fence, you couldn't be more wrong.
neutral, impartial, non-aligned, non-partisan, unbiased, open-minded;
British humming and hawing
informal iffy, blowing hot and cold



Example sentences
  • Apart from the gate leading to the four-car garage, the house has no other fence except for the around two-meter-high outer wall, topped by a fenceless garden that is accessible through a narrow flight of entrance stairs.
  • The close proximity of the buildings, with fenceless front lawns divided only by driveways, give it a suburban feel - particularly with gleaming cars parked in the en-suite garages.
  • His route comes within 50 feet of where I'm standing, just beyond the fenceless boundary at South Fork.


Example sentences
  • "Our female fencers did so well and clinched all gold medals in the women's events," he said.
  • The Scottish team of 15 to 20 fencers will have to pay around £2000 each to represent their country.
  • Because of its lighter weight, the small sword made it possible for fencers to do more complex defensive movements.

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