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4 definitions found
 for fencing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fencing \Fen"cing\, n.
     1. The art or practice of attack and defense with the sword,
        esp. with the smallsword. See Fence, v. i., 2.
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     2. Disputing or debating in a manner resembling the art of
        fencers. --Shak.
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     3. The materials used for building fences. [U.S.]
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     4. The act of building a fence.
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     5. The aggregate of the fences put up for inclosure or
        protection; as, the fencing of a farm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fence \Fence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fenced (f[e^]nst); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Fencing (f[e^]n"s[i^]ng).]
     1. To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect;
        to guard.
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              To fence my ear against thy sorceries. --Milton.
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     2. To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by
        an inclosure.
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              O thou wall! . . . dive in the earth,
              And fence not Athens.                 --Shak.
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              A sheepcote fenced about with olive trees. --Shak.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fencing
      n 1: a barrier that serves to enclose an area [syn: fence,
           fencing]
      2: material for building fences [syn: fencing material,
         fencing]
      3: the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use
         of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of
         rules)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  29 Moby Thesaurus words for "fencing":
     bickering, boggling, captiousness, caviling, chicane, chicanery,
     dodging, equivocation, evasion, hairsplitting, hedging,
     logic-chopping, nit-picking, paltering, parrying, pettifoggery,
     prevarication, pussyfooting, quibbling, shifting, shuffle,
     shuffling, sidestepping, subterfuge, suppressio veri, swordplay,
     tergiversation, trichoschistism, weasel words
  
  

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