Definition of fencing in English:



mass noun
  • 1The sport of fighting with swords, especially foils, épées, or sabres, according to a set of rules, in order to score points against an opponent.

    as modifier ‘a fencing foil’
    • ‘The next day Tandy returned to the lab and noticed one of his fencing foils he'd left clamped in a vice.’
    • ‘It is as fundamental to rapier fencing as the lunge is to modern sport fencing.’
    • ‘How many times have we heard the complaint that fencing isn't spectator-friendly?’
    • ‘I recently got back into sabre fencing and I have a pretty good idea of how much I lost.’
    • ‘Sword play, or fencing, was once the sport of aristocrats, inaccessible to the masses, mainly because they could not afford a sword.’
    • ‘Women's wrestling is a totally new discipline, while women's sabre is included in fencing.’
    • ‘If you were pretty ordinary at ball games as a child, if you're not a team player, then archery and fencing might be the sports for you.’
    • ‘The basics of sabre fencing are essentially simple.’
    • ‘If your lunge is powerful, the game of fencing will open itself up to you.’
    • ‘Oblivious to the attention they were receiving, Kirby and Jason used their broom handles like swords and began fencing back and forth.’
    • ‘Weightlifting and even sports such as fencing and shooting may also have cause for concern.’
    • ‘They loaded it into the Holden's carriage along with some foils for fencing, a few books, and the girls' dolls.’
    • ‘My fencing and sword skills seemed to be the least affected.’
    • ‘When one is learning a system of fencing or any other martial art, it must be done in a logical progression.’
    • ‘Olympic fencing includes men's and women's épée, foil and sabre.’
    • ‘His best sports are fencing and swimming; he has been swimming since he was six years old and started modern pentathlon at age 15’
    • ‘And you two aren't that bad, you stick to the code of fencing even when the rules are out the window.’
    • ‘As we have seen, the present scoring system in the hand of incompetent judges has changed the sport from boxing to fencing.’
    • ‘There are three types of fencing weapons: Epee, foil and sabre.’
    • ‘However, in France, 500 fencing masters teach several thousand pupils each day.’
    1. 1.1 The action of conducting a discussion or argument in an evasive way.
      • ‘But because fencing and telling people is hard work, it looks grand and you feel like you're doing something.’
  • 2A series of fences.

    ‘security fencing’
    • ‘One resident said groups of up to 40 teenagers are binge drinking in Cheam Park, and have vandalised cars and fencing at homes overlooking the park.’
    • ‘The lido, which first opened in 1906, is getting £50,000 on top of that to improve fencing and security.’
    • ‘Contractors started taking down fencing and told residents it was easier for them to manoeuvre their vehicles if people started parking on the curbs.’
    • ‘It also proposes to improve the barrier between the new homes and the reserve with high timber fencing, trees and shrubs.’
    • ‘It's a square, solid, brown building, drab and dirty, surrounded by fencing and huge blocks of reinforced concrete.’
    • ‘Stations were also encouraged to install secure fencing, better lighting and clearer signs, and to conduct opinion surveys among passengers.’
    • ‘It is understood that security fencing is necessary but visually the yard could be improved with natural screening.’
    • ‘The church is included in a multi-million pound refurbishment project, but it is unlikely the money can be used for security fencing.’
    • ‘As your eyes get accustomed to the dark, you suddenly realize that you're completely surrounded by about 100 feet of industrial fencing.’
    • ‘The company produces wrought iron gates, fencing, railings and balustrades.’
    • ‘The club also hopes that vandal proof fencing will be in place by the start of the new season in April.’
    • ‘Barriers should be used when fences are not feasible or in addition to fencing to enhance security.’
    • ‘Officers will now look at the option of opening the lake with high-level security fencing as an interim solution so they can get it up and running for the summer.’
    • ‘The airport and city management will inspect fencing as a first step to ensuring safety, but no specific time frame was set detailing when this would occur.’
    • ‘Traditional electric fencing has a positive charge in each electrified wire.’
    • ‘Concrete barriers, metal fencing and checkpoints have been put in place around key buildings and routes on the mainland and surrounding islands.’
    • ‘More security fencing has also gone up at the back of the park's greenhouse after it had 24 panes of glass smashed in one night.’
    • ‘Council contractors provided fencing to keep the area secure and the surface will now be relaid.’
    • ‘The local crime prevention officer said the school is an unsafe place for the children because there is no security fencing.’
    • ‘Homes in the Walkley district, which has a high density of students, will be fitted with security gates and fencing.’
    1. 2.1 Material used for the construction of fences.
      ‘chestnut is still in demand for fencing’
      • ‘James and his younger brother Brian were erecting the fencing shortly before 11 am.’
      • ‘Three hundred feet up he found the end of a partly constructed fence and a pile of fencing materials.’
      • ‘Consider natural material for fencing or screening.’
      • ‘Note too, that the timber and fencing used in building your Richmond Hill home in all probably came from the Rocky Creek catchment.’
      • ‘Stevenson appealed to communities to inform the police with regards to people who stole fencing so they can be prosecuted.’
      • ‘Investigate those fencing materials that have higher break strength.’
      • ‘I felt especially sympathetic because my son just got a lot of splinters in his hand moving some fencing material around at work.’
      • ‘Stem and leaves are pretty useful for feeding the goats, or they're dried and used for firewood, fencing and roofing materials.’
      • ‘Equipment for the excavations arrived last week including portable buildings, fencing, toilets and generators.’
      • ‘It is also a source of medicines for traditional healers and is used extensively for fencing, rope, firewood and building materials.’
      • ‘Vandals who threw metal fencing on to a railway track near Hapton could have endangered people's lives.’
      • ‘With the problem that farmers face today, good quality fencing was never more important.’
      • ‘Among these was the shortage of timber for building purposes and fencing.’
    2. 2.2 The erection of fences.
      • ‘This would be spent on infrastructure, community-based tourism initiatives, capacity building and fencing.’
      • ‘It required levelling, asphalting and fencing.’
    3. 2.3 The jumping of fences by a racehorse.
      as modifier ‘the horse makes his fencing debut today’
      • ‘The trainer can lift the chase with the highly-rated horse, who was most impressive when winning on his fencing debut on this course four weeks ago.’
      • ‘Yorkshire racing tomorrow is centred on the course, where the horse makes his keenly-awaited fencing debut in the chase.’
      • ‘The five-year-old produced a tremendous display of jumping on his fencing debut at Warwick last month when winning by 20 lengths.’
      • ‘The rider, whose name was noted by many when he finished third on his fencing debut at Newbury last month, will not be short of supporters at Hereford tomorrow.’
      • ‘This former high-class hurdler made a hugely impressive start to his fencing career when jumping superbly and scoring easily at Newton Abbot on his debut at the end of November.’
      • ‘A good finish, but not enough to make up for his weak performances in the rest of the disciplines - especially fencing and horse jumping.’