- IPA: /fɛns/, [fɛns], [fɛnts]
- A thin artificial barrier that separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.
- Someone who hides or buys and sells stolen goods, a criminal middleman for transactions of stolen goods.
- 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
- The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
- The place whence such a middleman operates.
- Skill in oral debate.
- (obsolete, uncountable) The art or practice of fencing.
- A guard or guide on machinery.
- (figuratively) A barrier, for example an emotional barrier.
- (computing, programming) A memory barrier.
- French: clôture
- German: Zaun; (Switzerland) Hag; (Namibia) Fence; (North America, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)) Fenz
- Italian: recinto, steccato, palizzata, cinta, siepe, barriera, riparo
- Portuguese: cerca
- Russian: забо́р
- Spanish: cerca, cerramiento, barda (Mexico), valla, seto
- French: recéleur, recéleuse, receleur, receleuse, fourgue
- German: Hehler, Hehlerin
- Italian: ricettatore
- Portuguese: receptador
- Russian: ску́пщик краденый
- Spanish: perista, (Americas) reducidor
fence (fences, present participle fencing; past and past participle fenced)
- (transitive) To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.
- (transitive) To defend or guard.
- (transitive) To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.
- (intransitive, sports) To engage in the sport of fencing.
- (intransitive, equestrianism) To jump over a fence.
- (intransitive) To conceal the truth by giving equivocal answers; to hedge; to be evasive.
- (to sell or buy stolen goods) pawn
- French: clôturer
- German: (depending on the exact context) befrieden, einfrieden, einfriedigen, einhegen, einzäunen, umfrieden, umfriedigen, umzäunen, zäunen; (Switzerland) einhagen; (regional, especially North America, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)) fenzen
- Portuguese: cercar
- Russian: огора́живать
- Spanish: cercar
- German: hehlen
- Russian: барыжить