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DefenceDefence De*fence", n. & v. t.
See Defense. defenceDefense De*fense", v. t.
To furnish with defenses; to fortify. [Obs.] [Written also
Better manned and more strongly defensed. --Hales.
Fenceful Fence"ful, a.
Affording defense; defensive. [Obs.] --Congreve.
Fenceless Fence"less, a.
Without a fence; uninclosed; open; unguarded; defenseless.
Flood fenceFlood Flood, n. [OE. flod a flowing, stream, flood, AS.
fl[=o]d; akin to D. vloed, OS. fl[=o]d, OHG. fluot, G. flut,
Icel. fl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. flod, Goth. fl[=o]dus; from the
root of E. flow. [root]80. See Flow, v. i.]
1. A great flow of water; a body of moving water; the flowing
stream, as of a river; especially, a body of water,
rising, swelling, and overflowing land not usually thus
covered; a deluge; a freshet; an inundation.
A covenant never to destroy The earth again by
2. The flowing in of the tide; the semidiurnal swell or rise
of water in the ocean; -- opposed to ebb; as, young flood;
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken
at the flood, leads on to fortune. --Shak.
3. A great flow or stream of any fluid substance; as, a flood
of light; a flood of lava; hence, a great quantity widely
diffused; an overflowing; a superabundance; as, a flood of
bank notes; a flood of paper currency.
4. Menstrual disharge; menses. --Harvey.
Flood anchor (Naut.), the anchor by which a ship is held
while the tide is rising.
Flood fence, a fence so secured that it will not be swept
away by a flood.
Flood gate, a gate for shutting out, admitting, or
releasing, a body of water; a tide gate.
Flood mark, the mark or line to which the tide, or a flood,
rises; high-water mark.
Flood tide, the rising tide; -- opposed to ebb tide.
The Flood, the deluge in the days of Noah. Flower-fenceFlower-fence Flow"er-fence`, n. (Bot.)
A tropical leguminous bush (Poinciana, or C[ae]salpinia,
pulcherrima) with prickly branches, and showy yellow or red
flowers; -- so named from its having been sometimes used for
hedges in the West Indies. --Baird.
Forefence Fore`fence", n.
Defense in front. [Obs.]
OffenceOffence Of*fence", n.
See Offense. OffenceOffense Of*fense", Offence Of*fence", n. [F., fr. L.
offensa. See Offend.]
1. The act of offending in any sense; esp., a crime or a sin,
an affront or an injury.
Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised
again for our justification. --Rom. iv. 25.
I have given my opinion against the authority of two
great men, but I hope without offense to their
2. The state of being offended or displeased; anger;
He was content to give them just cause of offense,
when they had power to make just revenge. --Sir P.
3. A cause or occasion of stumbling or of sin. [Obs.]
Woe to that man by whom the offense cometh! --Matt.
Note: This word, like expense, is often spelled with a c. It
ought, however, to undergo the same change with
expense, the reasons being the same, namely, that s
must be used in offensive as in expensive, and is found
in the Latin offensio, and the French offense.
To take offense, to feel, or assume to be, injured or
affronted; to become angry or hostile.
Weapons of offense, those which are used in attack, in
distinction from those of defense, which are used to
Syn: Displeasure; umbrage; resentment; misdeed; misdemeanor;
trespass; transgression; delinquency; fault; sin; crime;
affront; indignity; outrage; insult. Picket fence 5. A military punishment, formerly resorted to, in which the
offender was forced to stand with one foot on a pointed
6. A game at cards. See Piquet.
Inlying picket (Mil.), a detachment of troops held in camp
or quarters, detailed to march if called upon.
Picket fence, a fence made of pickets. See def. 2, above.
Picket guard (Mil.), a guard of horse and foot, always in
readiness in case of alarm.
Picket line. (Mil.)
(a) A position held and guarded by small bodies of men
placed at intervals.
(b) A rope to which horses are secured when groomed.
Picketpin, an iron pin for picketing horses. Rail fenceRail Rail, n. [Akin to LG. & Sw. regel bar, bolt, G. riegel a
rail, bar, or bolt, OHG, rigil, rigel, bar, bolt, and
possibly to E. row a line.]
1. A bar of timber or metal, usually horizontal or nearly so,
extending from one post or support to another, as in
fences, balustrades, staircases, etc.
2. (Arch.) A horizontal piece in a frame or paneling. See
Illust. of Style.
3. (Railroad) A bar of steel or iron, forming part of the
track on which the wheels roll. It is usually shaped with
reference to vertical strength, and is held in place by
chairs, splices, etc.
(a) The stout, narrow plank that forms the top of the
(b) The light, fencelike structures of wood or metal at
the break of the deck, and elsewhere where such
protection is needed.
Rail fence. See under Fence.
(a) A device attached to the front of a locomotive on each
side for clearing the rail obstructions.
(b) A guard rail. See under Guard.
Rail joint (Railroad), a splice connecting the adjacent
ends of rails, in distinction from a chair, which is
merely a seat. The two devices are sometimes united. Among
several hundred varieties, the fish joint is standard. See
Fish joint, under Fish.
Rail train (Iron & Steel Manuf.), a train of rolls in a
rolling mill, for making rails for railroads from blooms
or billets. Self-defenceSelf-defence Self`-de*fence", n.
See Self-defense. Snake fenceSnake Snake, n. [AS. snaca; akin to LG. snake, schnake, Icel.
sn[=a]kr, sn?kr, Dan. snog, Sw. snok; of uncertain origin.]
Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent,
whether harmless or venomous. See Ophidia, and Serpent.
Note: Snakes are abundant in all warm countries, and much the
larger number are harmless to man.
Blind snake, Garter snake, Green snake, King snake,
Milk snake, Rock snake, Water snake, etc. See under
Blind, Garter, etc.
Fetich snake (Zo["o]l.), a large African snake (Python
Seb[ae]) used by the natives as a fetich.
Ringed snake (Zo["o]l.), a common European columbrine snake
Snake eater. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The markhoor.
(b) The secretary bird.
Snake fence, a worm fence (which see). [U.S.]
Snake fly (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
neuropterous insects of the genus Rhaphidia; -- so
called because of their large head and elongated neck and
Snake gourd (Bot.), a cucurbitaceous plant (Trichosanthes
anguina) having the fruit shorter and less snakelike than
that of the serpent cucumber.
Snake killer. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The secretary bird.
(b) The chaparral cock.
Snake moss (Bot.), the common club moss (Lycopodium
clavatum). See Lycopodium.
Snake nut (Bot.), the fruit of a sapindaceous tree
(Ophiocaryon paradoxum) of Guiana, the embryo of which
resembles a snake coiled up.
Tree snake (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
colubrine snakes which habitually live in trees,
especially those of the genus Dendrophis and allied
genera. Sunk fenceSunk Sunk,
imp. & p. p. of Sink.
Sunk fence, a ditch with a retaining wall, used to divide
lands without defacing a landscape; a ha-ha.
Unfence Un*fence", v. t. [1st pref. un- + fence.]
To strip of a fence; to remove a fence from.
Wire fenceWire Wire, n. [OE. wir, AS. wir; akin to Icel. v[=i]rr, Dan.
vire, LG. wir, wire; cf. OHG. wiara fine gold; perhaps akin
to E. withy. ????.]
1. A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance
formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved
rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel.
Note: Wire is made of any desired form, as round, square,
triangular, etc., by giving this shape to the hole in
the drawplate, or between the rollers.
2. A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph;
as, to send a message by wire. [Colloq.]
Wire bed, Wire mattress, an elastic bed bottom or
mattress made of wires interwoven or looped together in
Wire bridge, a bridge suspended from wires, or cables made
Wire cartridge, a shot cartridge having the shot inclosed
in a wire cage.
Wire cloth, a coarse cloth made of woven metallic wire, --
used for strainers, and for various other purposes.
Wire edge, the thin, wirelike thread of metal sometimes
formed on the edge of a tool by the stone in sharpening
Wire fence, a fence consisting of posts with strained
horizontal wires, wire netting, or other wirework,
Wire gauge or gage.
(a) A gauge for measuring the diameter of wire, thickness
of sheet metal, etc., often consisting of a metal
plate with a series of notches of various widths in
(b) A standard series of sizes arbitrarily indicated, as
by numbers, to which the diameter of wire or the
thickness of sheet metal in usually made, and which is
used in describing the size or thickness. There are
many different standards for wire gauges, as in
different countries, or for different kinds of metal,
the Birmingham wire gauges and the American wire gauge
being often used and designated by the abbreviations
B. W. G. and A. W. G. respectively.
Wire gauze, a texture of finely interwoven wire, resembling
Wire grass (Bot.), either of the two common grasses
Eleusine Indica, valuable for hay and pasture, and Poa
compressa, or blue grass. See Blue grass.
Wire grub (Zo["o]l.), a wireworm.
Wire iron, wire rods of iron.
Wire lathing, wire cloth or wire netting applied in the
place of wooden lathing for holding plastering.
Wire mattress. See Wire bed, above.
Wire micrometer, a micrometer having spider lines, or fine
wires, across the field of the instrument.
Wire nail, a nail formed of a piece of wire which is headed
Wire netting, a texture of woven wire coarser than ordinary
Wire rod, a metal rod from which wire is formed by drawing.
Wire rope, a rope formed wholly, or in great part, of
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