Fence

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