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[fen-der] /ˈfɛn dər/
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.
a device on the front of a locomotive, streetcar, or the like, for clearing the track of obstructions.
a mudguard or splashboard on a horse-drawn vehicle.
Nautical. 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.
a low metal guard before an open fireplace, to keep back falling coals.
a person or thing that wards something off.
Origin of fender
1350-1400; Middle English fendour, aphetic variant of defendour defender Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Those chestnuts were welly fond of each other," said Rupert, in his solemnest way, while they were cooling in the fender.

    The Christmas Fairy John Strange Winter
  • The fender told me one night I was the vainest creature he ever knew.

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
  • Mr Masterton stirred the fire, called for his slippers, and then crossing his legs over the fender, resumed the subject.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • There, that's Paris, and the edge of the fender is the Marne.

  • The next time another mouse followed, and a third appeared at the other end of the fender.

    Amaryllis at the Fair Richard Jefferies
  • He sits in his old place beside the fire, with his feet on the fender.

    The Golden Dream R.M. Ballantyne
  • This fender is made of two two-by-fours set on edge and cross pieces let in near each end.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • They were sitting on each side of the hearth, with their toes on the fender.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for fender


a low metal frame which confines falling coals to the hearth
(mainly US) a metal frame fitted to the front of locomotives to absorb shock, clear the track, etc
a cushion-like device, such as a car tyre hung over the side of a vessel to reduce damage resulting from accidental contact or collision
(US & Canadian) the part of a car body that surrounds the wheels Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) wing
Derived Forms
fendered, adjective


trademark a type of solid-body electric guitar
Word Origin
C20: named after Leo Fender (1909-91), its US inventor (1951)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fender

late 13c., shortening of defender. Used of attachments to boats at first, of fireplaces since 1680s; application to automobiles is 1919.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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