- a low metal frame which confines falling coals to the hearth
- chiefly 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
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Transportthe part mounted over the wheels of an automobile, bicycle, etc., to reduce splashing.
- Buildinga low metal guard before an open fireplace to keep back falling coals.
- Transportthe 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.
- Transporta device on the front of a locomotive, streetcar, or the like, for clearing the track of obstructions.
- Transporta mudguard or splashboard on a horse-drawn vehicle.
- Nautical, Naval Termsa 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.
- Buildinga low metal guard before an open fireplace, to keep back falling coals.
- a person or thing that wards something off.
- Middle English fendour, aphetic variant of defendour defender 1350–1400