Fence(?), v. i. 1. To make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence.
Vice is the more stubborn as well as the more dangerous evil, and therefore, in the first place, to be fenced against.Locke.
2. To practice the art of attack and defense with the sword or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the point only.
He will fence with his own shadow.Shak.
3. Hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc.
They fence and push, and, pushing, loudly roar;Dryden.
Their dewlaps and their sides are bated in gore.
As when a billow, blown against,Tennyson.
Falls back, the voice with which I fenced
A little ceased, but recommenced.
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