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Definition: Ring fence
, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G.
ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf.
Russ. krug'. Cf. Harangue
A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a
circular line or hoop.
2. Specifically, a circular ornament of gold or other
precious material worn on the finger, or attached to the
ear, the nose, or some other part of the person; as, a
Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring. --Chaucer.
The dearest ring in Venice will I give you. --Shak.
3. A circular area in which races are or run or other sports
are performed; an arena.
Place me, O, place me in the dusty ring,
Where youthful charioteers contend for glory. --E.
4. An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence,
figuratively, prize fighting. “The road was an
institution, the ring was an institution.”
5. A circular group of persons.
And hears the Muses in a ring
Aye round about Jove's alter sing. --Milton.
(a) The plane figure included between the circumferences
of two concentric circles.
(b) The solid generated by the revolution of a circle, or
other figure, about an exterior straight line (as an
axis) lying in the same plane as the circle or other
7. (Astron. & Navigation) An instrument, formerly used for
taking the sun's altitude, consisting of a brass ring
suspended by a swivel, with a hole at one side through
which a solar ray entering indicated the altitude on the
graduated inner surface opposite.
8. (Bot.) An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the
spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of Sporangium
9. A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a
selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute
offices, obtain contracts, etc.
The ruling ring at Constantinople. --E. A.
, armor composed of rings of metal. See Ring mail
, below, and Chain mail
, under Chain
(Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.
(Zo["o]l.), the circular water tube which
surrounds the esophagus of echinoderms.
, or Ringed dotterel
. (Zo["o]l.) See
, and Illust. of Pressiroster
, a sharper who pretends to have found a ring
(dropped by himself), and tries to induce another to buy
it as valuable, it being worthless.
. See under Fence
, the third finger of the left hand, or the next
the little finger, on which the ring is placed in
(Chem.), a graphic formula in the shape of a
closed ring, as in the case of benzene, pyridine, etc. See
Illust. under Benzene
, a kind of mail made of small steel rings sewed
upon a garment of leather or of cloth.
. (Astron.) See Circular micrometer
. See Saturn
. (Zo["o]l.) See Ousel
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old
World parrakeets having a red ring around the neck,
especially Pal[ae]ornis torquatus
, common in India, and
(a) The ringed dotterel.
(b) Any one of several small American plovers having a
dark ring around the neck, as the semipalmated plover
(Zo["o]l.), a small harmless American snake
) having a white ring around the
neck. The back is ash-colored, or sage green, the belly of
an orange red.
. (Naut.) See under Stopper
(Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.
The prize ring
, the ring in which prize fighters contend;
prize fighters, collectively.
(a) The body of sporting men who bet on horse races.
(b) The prize ring.
(f[e^]ns), n. [Abbrev. from defence.]
1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a
protection; a cover; security; shield.
Let us be backed with God and with the seas,
Which he hath given for fence impregnable. --Shak.
A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath.
2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any
object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron,
or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from
without or straying from within.
Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold.
Note: In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a
structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a
3. (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the
tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.
4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice
of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and
repartee. See Fencing
Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric,
That hath so well been taught her dazzing fence.
Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence.
5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are
received. [Slang] --Mayhew.
(Forest Law), the month in which female deer
are fawning, when hunting is prohibited. --Bullokar.
, a covering for defense. “They fitted their
shields close to one another in manner of a fence roof.”
, the breeding time of fish or game, when they
should not be killed.
, a fence made of rails, sometimes supported by
, a fence which encircles a large area, or a
whole estate, within one inclosure.
, a zigzag fence composed of rails crossing one
another at their ends; -- called also snake fence
Virginia rail fence
To be on the fence
, to be undecided or uncommitted in
respect to two opposing parties or policies. [Colloq.]