| Share
 

fence

fence [short for defense], humanly erected barrier between two divisions of land, used to mark a legal or other boundary, to keep animals or people in or out, and sometimes as an ornament. In newly settled lands fences are usually made of materials at hand, e.g., stone, earth, or wood. A fence built of loose stones is called a dry-stone wall. Wooden fences may be built of boards, posts and rails, or pickets. Hardwoods such as oak and chestnut are preferred for fence posts, although softwoods treated with preservatives such as creosote may be used. Other fence materials are concrete, bricks, iron rails, woven wire, and barbed wire. Storm, or snow, fences are erected to prevent drifts from forming across roadways or against buildings. Rows of trees or shrubs (see hedge) are sometimes planted as windbreaks. See also wall.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on fence from Infoplease:

  • Fencing - Fencing Event Foil (Individual, Men) Brice Guyart, FRA Salvatore Sanzo, ITA Andrea Cassara, ITA ...
  • Fencing - Fencing Event Foil (Individual, Men) Brice Guyart, FRA Salvatore Sanzo, ITA Andrea Cassara, ITA ...
  • Fencing 2008 - Fencing 2008 Event Foil (Individual, Men) Benjamin Kleibrink, Germany Yuki Ota, Japan Salvatore ...
  • fence-sitter: meaning and definitions - fence-sitter: Definition and Pronunciation
  • snake fence: meaning and definitions - snake fence: Definition and Pronunciation

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Home Economics

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring