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English noun: fence

1. fence (artifact) a barrier that serves to enclose an area


Synonymsfencing


Broader (hypernym)barrier


Narrower (hyponym)backstop, chainlink fence, hedge, hedgerow, paling, picket fence, rail fence, stone wall, wall, weir


Part meronymfence line

2. fence (person) a dealer in stolen property


Broader (hypernym)bargainer, dealer, monger, trader


Domain usagecolloquialism


English verb: fence

1. fence (contact) enclose with a fence


SamplesWe fenced in our yard.


Synonymsfence in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)close in, enclose, inclose, shut in

2. fence (possession) receive stolen goods


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)have, receive

3. fence (competition) fight with fencing swords


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle


Narrower (hyponym)block, deflect, parry

4. fence (competition) surround with a wall in order to fortify


Synonymsfence in, palisade, surround, wall


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)protect


Narrower (hyponym)circumvallate, stockade

5. fence (communication) have an argument about something


Synonymsargue, contend, debate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)converse, discourse


Narrower (hyponym)altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, dispute, niggle, oppose, pettifog, quarrel, quibble, scrap, spar, squabble, stickle


Entaildiffer, disagree, dissent, take issue









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