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Fender definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. That which defends; an utensil employed to hinder coals of fire from rolling forward to the floor.
2. A piece of timber or other thing hung over the side of a vessel to prevent it from striking or rubbing against a wharf, also to preserve a small vessel from being injured by a large one.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud; "in Britain they call a fender a wing" [syn: fender, wing]
2: an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track [syn: fender, buffer, cowcatcher, pilot]
3: a low metal guard to confine falling coals to a hearth
4: a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact [syn: buffer, fender]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 13th century a device that protects: as a. (1) a cushion (as foam rubber or a wood float) between a boat and a dock or between two boats that lessens shock and prevents chafing (2) a pile or a row or cluster of piles placed to protect a dock or bridge pier from damage by ships or floating objects b. railing c. a device in front of locomotives and streetcars to lessen injury to animals or pedestrians in case of collision d. a guard over the wheel of a motor vehicle e. a low metal frame or a screen before an open fireplace f. an oblong or triangular shield of leather attached to the stirrup leather of a saddle to protect a rider's legs fendered adjective fenderless adjective

U.S. Military Dictionary

An object, usually made of rope or rubber, hung over the side of a vessel to protect the sides from damage caused by impact with wharves or other craft. (JP 4-01.6)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a low frame bordering a fireplace to keep in falling coals etc. 2 Naut. a piece of old cable, matting, etc., hung over a vessel's side to protect it against impact. 3 a a thing used to keep something off, prevent a collision, etc. b US a bumper or mudguard of a motor vehicle.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fender Fen"der, n. [From Fend, v. t. & i., cf. Defender.] One who or that which defends or protects by warding off harm; as: (a) A screen to prevent coals or sparks of an open fire from escaping to the floor. (b) Anything serving as a cushion to lessen the shock when a vessel comes in contact with another vessel or a wharf. (c) A screen to protect a carriage from mud thrown off the wheels: also, a splashboard. (d) Anything set up to protect an exposed angle, as of a house, from damage by carriage wheels.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fenders) 1. A fender is a low metal wall built around a fireplace, which stops any coals that fall out of the fire from rolling onto the carpet. ...a brass fender. = guard N-COUNT 2. A fender is the same as a fireguard. N-COUNT 3. The fenders of a car are the parts of the body over the wheels. (AM; in BRIT, use wing) N-COUNT 4. The fender of a car is a bar at the front or back that protects the car if it bumps into something. (AM; in BRIT, use bumper) N-COUNT 5. The fenders of a boat are objects which hang against the outside and protect it from damage when it comes next to a harbour wall or another boat. N-COUNT

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