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5 definitions found
 for fend
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fend \Fend\, n.
     A fiend. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fend \Fend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fended; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Fending.] [Abbrev. fr. defend.]
     To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward
     off; to shut out; -- often with off; as, to fend off blows.
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           With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold. --Dryden.
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     To fend off a boat or To fend off a vessel (Naut.), to
        prevent its running against anything with too much
        violence.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fend \Fend\, v. i.
     To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to
     parry; to shift off.
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           The dexterous management of terms, and being able to
           fend . . . with them, passes for a great part of
           learning.                                --Locke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  fend
      v 1: try to manage without help; "The youngsters had to fend for
           themselves after their parents died"
      2: withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her";
         "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend
         against the ice and snow" [syn: resist, stand, fend]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "fend":
     anticipate, arm, armor, avert, bar, beat off, bless, block,
     bulwark, champion, check, cloak, compass about, copyright, counter,
     cover, cushion, debar, defend, deflect, deter, discourage,
     dishearten, divert, drive back, ensure, estop, exclude, fence,
     fend off, forbid, foreclose, forestall, get by, guarantee, guard,
     harbor, haven, help, hinder, hold at bay, hold off, insure, keep,
     keep at bay, keep from, keep from harm, keep off, make do,
     make out, make safe, nestle, obstruct, obviate, parry, patent,
     police, preclude, prevent, prohibit, protect, push back, put back,
     rebuff, register, repel, repulse, resist, ride shotgun for,
     rule out, safeguard, save, screen, secure, shelter, shield, shroud,
     stave off, stop, turn aside, underwrite, ward off
  
  

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