Femme de chambre[F.] A lady's maid; a chambermaid.

(Fem"o*ral) a. [L. femur, femoris, thigh: cf. F. fémoral.] Pertaining to the femur or thigh; as, the femoral artery. "Femoral habiliments." Sir W. Scott.

(||Fe"mur) n.; pl. Femora [L. thigh.] (Anat.) (a) The thigh bone. (b) The proximal segment of the hind limb containing the thigh bone; the thigh. See Coxa.

(Fen) n. [AS. fen, fenn, marsh, mud, dirt; akin to D. veen, OFries. fenne, fene, OHG. fenna, G. fenn, Icel. fen, Goth. fani mud.] Low land overflowed, or covered wholly or partially with water, but producing sedge, coarse grasses, or other aquatic plants; boggy land; moor; marsh.

'Mid reedy fens wide spread.

Fen is used adjectively with the sense of belonging to, or of the nature of, a fen or fens.

Fen boat, a boat of light draught used in marshes.Fen duck(Zoöl.), a wild duck inhabiting fens; the shoveler. [Prov. Eng.] — Fen fowl(Zoöl.), any water fowl that frequent fens.Fen goose(Zoöl.), the graylag goose of Europe. [Prov. Eng.] — Fen land, swamp land.

(Fence) n. [Abbrev. from defence.]

1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield.

Let us be backed with God and with the seas,
Which he hath given for fence impregnable.

A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath.

2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from without or straying from within.

Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold.

In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a fence.

3. (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.

4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and repartee. See Fencing.

Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric,
That hath so well been taught her dazzing fence.

Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence.

5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are received. [Slang] Mayhew.

Fence month(Forest Law), the month in which female deer are fawning, when hunting is prohibited. Bullokar.Fence roof, a covering for defense. "They fitted their shields close to one another in manner

(Fem`i*ni*za"tion) n. The act of feminizing, or the state of being feminized.

(Fem"i*nize) v. t. [Cf. F. féminiser.] To make womanish or effeminate. Dr. H. More.

(Fem"i*nye) n. [OF. femenie, feminie, the female sex, realm of women.] The people called Amazons. [Obs.] "[The reign of] feminye." Chaucer.

(||Femme) n. [F.] A woman. See Feme, n.

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