Definition of fender in US English:



  • 1North American The mudguard or area around the wheel well of a vehicle.

    • ‘The body panels, including the doors, the fenders, the hood and the tailgate are of course among the most vulnerable.’
    • ‘One, starting at the headlight, forms a curve (upward over the fender area, downward along the door, then back up and down on the rear quarter) that is said to be reminiscent of the beltline of a classic roadster.’
    • ‘In fact, when you look at the body applications in the U.S., as compared with the doors, hoods, fenders, and deck lids produced for European manufacturers, the difference is nothing short of astonishing.’
    • ‘Deposits of mud, rock or other debris must be cleaned from a vehicle's fenders, body and undercarriage before it may travel along highways.’
    • ‘A crisp line runs the length of the vehicle from bulging front fenders to bulging rear fenders, even dissecting the fuel filler cover.’
    • ‘The bomb was left under the left fender of the car, which was parked near to the home of its owner, a former police officer.’
    • ‘There were at least 30 other cyclists already there, all in full-body rain suits, their mountain bikes equipped with fenders and mudflaps, bike lights, and giant saddlebags.’
    • ‘In this case, we notified the engineers of the fender and hood, as well as the supplier of a plastic attachment in the wheel well.’
    • ‘That could have value in the study and design of energy-absorbing materials for packaging, vehicle fenders, and more.’
    • ‘The internal panel protection ensures lifetime protection for door panels, back fenders and boot from corrosion.’
    • ‘Suspension, spoilers, front and rear fenders, tailgate, hoods, hubcaps, electrical parts, engine parts and many others are the best in the industry.’
    • ‘They chewed the fenders, ripped the wheel-arch out, chewed the bumper, bonnet, fender and all four doors.’
    • ‘You pour hydrochloric acid on a car fender and it will eat a hole in it.’
    • ‘Overhangs are kept short, though the changing radii of the curved sections between the fenders and bumper faces make them look shorter still.’
    • ‘Chainguards and mudguards, or fenders (U.S.), protect clothes and moving parts from oil and spray.’
    • ‘And giving the vehicle a confident, broad-shouldered attitude are its wheels that had been aligned on the same place as the outer edges of its fenders.’
    • ‘Rolling a rock in the street doesn't cause you to dent a fender in somebody's car.’
    • ‘Contact between the fender and wheel could cause the rider to lose control.’
    • ‘I know it's awful, but what I think about is not Richard, my best friend until I was eleven, but the gum I left under the fender of his family's stationwagon.’
    • ‘While using Japanese touches, the vehicles will have European-style sharp lines on side panels, flared fenders over the wheels, and sloping windshields that accentuate airflow over the body.’
  • 2A plastic cylinder, tire, etc., hung over a ship's side to protect it against impact.

    • ‘Two Belgian sailors have also been rewarded for jumping into the River Thames to rescue a woman hanging from a fender between the Belgian warships last summer.’
    • ‘Going through the locks was definitely a team effort, and we repeatedly blessed the 20 rubber fenders that literally circled our boat.’
    • ‘The five rescued people had clung to plastic drums which the boat used as fenders.’
    • ‘He was responsible for securing the fenders and stowing mooring ropes when the vessel left berth.’
    • ‘It was being towed into the dock when the line parted and the bow swung round, hitting a wooden fender on the berth, leaving the vessel with a gaping gash on its forward end.’
    • ‘Always stay away from the dam side and use the time to hang fenders on the side of the boat where the lock house is and watch the light by the lock house.’
    • ‘The first Quay slabs were cast in August and fitting of bollards and fenders along the Quay Wall are proceeding.’
    • ‘Alongside these is a second small plastic box containing some spare rope, fuel funnel and two small fenders.’
    • ‘They had called us on the radio to let us know where we'd be on the ship so we could put our fenders out and get our lines ready.’
    • ‘The ‘greenhouse’ (the driver compartment, including the slope of the rear window), side panels, fenders, hoods, and rear decks are identical.’
    • ‘Take your boat to an empty space and do some man overboard drills with a fender, or practice backing up to a race mark.’
    • ‘Following the starboard side further forward, a pair of old rubber tyre fenders are still attached to the rail.’
    • ‘That's when the storm surge tests docklines and fenders, while the sheeting rain searches out all those small cabin leaks you'd intended to caulk last fall.’
    • ‘Mollusc contamination affected the barge and tug, some tyres and other fenders.’
    • ‘‘The new vessels have higher decks so need higher fenders,’ he explained, adding that separate contracts for a new linkspan and passenger walkway had still to be settled.’
  • 3US A metal frame at the front of a locomotive or streetcar for pushing aside obstacles on the line; a cowcatcher.

    • ‘What remains is mostly the rust of part of the body and a fender.’
    • ‘Another bus' right front fender also had a large gash.’
    • ‘It also enables the team to adopt structures (notably in the bonnet, fenders, wipers, and front bumper) that help to protect pedestrians in the event of contact.’
    • ‘Finally, these steel fenders are shipped to their destinations.’
  • 4A low frame bordering a fireplace to prevent burning coals from falling out.

    • ‘His elegantly designed candlesticks, fireplace fenders, and furniture, for example, often made use of identical components in different combinations.’
    • ‘They all fell over and Carrie banged her head on the fender.’
    • ‘He also designed eminently practical and sleek kettles, firedogs, fenders and fire screens.’
    • ‘The document listed coal scuttles, pokers, grates, and fenders, but only one set of andirons.’
    • ‘The ring's low height and shiny blackness suggest an experimental apparatus, but also evoke old-style fireplace fenders or circular railings in museums.’
    • ‘In the fireplace are a pair of brass andirons and a fender, American or English, dating from the early nineteenth century.’
    • ‘There was a buffet beneath one window, and china closets flanked the fireplace where a fire crackled behind the fender.’
    • ‘The fender and fireguard would then be replaced and the fire lit.’
    safety guard, safety device, protective device, shield, bulwark, screen, fence, bumper, buffer, cushion, pad
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