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for To fend off a vessel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Fend \Fend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fended; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fending.] [Abbrev. fr. defend.]
To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward
off; to shut out; -- often with off; as, to fend off blows.
With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold. --Dryden.
To fend off a boat or To fend off a vessel (Naut.), to
prevent its running against anything with too much
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