Definition of Russell fence in US English:

Russell fence

(also Russel fence, Rustle fence)


  • A fence in which the top rail lies in the intersection formed by crossed posts and the lower rails hang suspended from it by looped wires.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Manitoba Free Press. From a first element of uncertain origin (perhaps Russell, the surname of the supposed inventor of the fence) + fence. In form Rustle fence apparently by association with rustle.


Russell fence

/ˈrʌsl ˌfɛns/