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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fend  \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. 




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