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Meaning of fender

fend•er

Pronunciation: (fen'dur), [key]
— n.
  1. the pressed and formed sheet-metal part mounted over the road wheels of an automobile, bicycle, etc., to reduce the splashing of mud, water, and the like.
  2. a device on the front of a locomotive, streetcar, or the like, for clearing the track of obstructions.
  3. a mudguard or splashboard on a horse-drawn vehicle.
  4. a piece of timber, bundle of rope, or the like, hung over the side of a vessel to lessen shock or prevent chafing, as between the vessel and a dock or another vessel.
  5. a low metal guard before an open fireplace, to keep back falling coals.
  6. a person or thing that wards something off.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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