snake fence


a fence, zigzag in plan, made of rails resting across one another at an angle.

Origin of snake fence

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
Also called Virginia fence, Virginia rail fence, worm fence. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snake fence

Historical Examples of snake fence

  • In person he is as beautiful as a snake-fence, as alluring as a stone wall.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The gate and snake-fence were carried away, but the rest was saved!

    The Man Thou Gavest

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • If the musket was not strapped to the tail of the plough, it leaned against the snake-fence—loaded.

    The Story of Isaac Brock

    Walter R. Nursey

  • And after oversetting part of a snake-fence before we found an entrance, we drove up to the door.

  • It takes five thousand rails, ten feet long and five or six inches thick, to make a mile of snake-fence.