Fend

Definition of Fend

n.1.A fiend.
v. t.1.To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; - often with off; as, to fend off blows.
[imp. & p. p. Fended; p. pr. & vb. n. Fending.]
With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold.
- Dryden.
To fend off a boat
(Naut.) to prevent its running against anything with too much violence.
v. i.1.To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to parry; to shift off.
The dexterous management of terms, and being able to fend . . . with them, passes for a great part of learning.
- Locke.

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