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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
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Examples from the web for fender
  • Instead, unpleasant shocks are absorbed by an optimism that serves him as a kind of ship's fender, protecting him on all sides.
  • If you put a boat fender out on a rope, he'd hold it in his mouth and play tug-of-war, gently enough not to destroy the fender.
  • Well, even though we're in a no-fault state my insurance is paying for the fender-bender.
  • One fender bender, my husbands fault, was a horrible nightmare.
  • The fender was broken, the lights were all shattered and there was significant damage to the body of the bus.
  • The tailgate still sports mysterious indentations inboard of the fender-mounted taillights.
  • Rear fender makes it difficult to grab handlebars and tilt bike on one wheel while walking.
  • The door or fender of every other car was bashed in, or bashed in and mended.
  • Merrick rose from his chair, pushed back a fallen log and put up the fender.
  • You'll get behind the wheel of a smart car that avoids fender benders by braking before you even see danger looming.
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)
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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.

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