Definitions for: Fend

[v] withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
[v] try to manage without help; "The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"

Webster (1913) Definition: Fend, n.
A fiend. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Fend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fended; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fending.] [Abbrev. fr. defend.]
To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward
off; to shut out; -- often with off; as, to fend off blows.

With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold. --Dryden.

To fend off a boat or vessel (Naut.), to prevent its
running against anything with too much violence.

Fend, v. i.
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.

Synonyms: resist, stand

See Also: contend, cope, deal, defend, fight, fight back, fight down, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage, oppose

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