verb (used with object)
to ward off (often followed by off):
to fend off blows.
verb (used without object)
to resist or make defense:
to fend against poverty.
to parry; fence.
to shift; provide:
to fend for oneself.
(intransitive) foll by for. to give support (to someone, esp oneself); provide (for)
(transitive) usually foll by off. to ward off or turn aside (blows, questions, attackers, etc)
(transitive) (archaic) to defend or resist
(intransitive) (Scot & Northern English, dialect) to struggle; strive
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a shift or effort
late 13c., shortening of defend. To fend for oneself (1620s) is to see to one’s own defense. Related: Fended; fending.
- Fendalton tractor
/ˌfɛnˈdɔːltən/ noun 1. (NZ, informal) a four-wheel drive recreational vehicle Also called Fendalton shopping cart
[fen-der] /ˈfɛn dər/ noun 1. 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. 2. a device on the front of a locomotive, streetcar, or the like, for clearing the track of obstructions. 3. a mudguard or splashboard […]
noun, Informal. 1. a collision between motor vehicles in which there is only minor damage. noun A minor car accident; trivial collision: I’ve only had one fender-bender since I got it (1960s+)
[fen-derd] /ˈfɛn dərd/ adjective 1. provided or protected with or a .