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Fencible

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fencible (Mil) A soldier enlisted for home service only; -- usually in the pl.
    • a Fencible Capable of being defended, or of making or affording defense. "No fort so fencible, nor walls so strong."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fencible Capable of being defended or of making defense.
    • fencible Pertaining to or composed of fencibles.
    • n fencible A soldier enlisted for defense against invasion, and not liable to serve abroad: generally in the plural: as, the Warwickshire fencibles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fencible capable of being fenced or defended
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Abbrev. of defence.

Usage

In literature:

Let fencible men, each party in its own range of streets, keep watch and ward, all night.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
Mounted Fencibles, Filey Briggers, called in the foreign parts 'Brigadiers.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
For a few years he served as ensign and assistant surgeon of a Scottish regiment, the Fife Fencibles.
"The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders" by Ernest Scott
I suppose your father had most of them in the Fencibles, last summer?
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
Fencibles, and I have shewn Sir George what passed on a former occasion.
"The Life and Correspondence of Sir Isaac Brock" by Ferdinand Brock Tupper
In 1805, Captain Colville was appointed to the Sea Fencibles, at Margate.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
Indeed, all this will do, perhaps, well enough, with detachments of dismounted cavalry and fencibles from England.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Bungtown Fencibles, dinner of, 26.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
The commander of the sea-fencibles arranged the plan of proceeding.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
They met the fencibles on their way to the mill.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
He had with him, Ferguson's company of Fencibles, and Chevalier Duchesnay's and Juchereau Duchesnay's companies of Voltigeurs.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Many outrages were committed by the soldiers, specially by a Welsh regiment of mounted fencibles, the Ancient Britons.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Glengarry Fencibles, provide recruits for Red River Colony, 110, 130.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
Col. Joseph Goreham was in command with a detachment of the Royal Fencible Americans.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
Served in the Glengarry Fencibles during the War of 1812.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
At Cromer, the Sea Fencibles, under Capt.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
The Glengary Fencibles had been despatched to aid in this service, but, attempting to approach the spot by a back road, they lost their way.
"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding
They remembered the fate of some of the "Breadalbane Fencibles" under his uncle in 1798.
"The Last Laird of MacNab" by Various
My favourite company was the Washington Guards, but Caroline preferred the State Fencibles.
"Pencil Sketches" by Eliza Leslie
The iron slab, by the way, was found in the cellar of the Dolphin, and the flag of the Talbot Fencibles, strange to say, was found in the roof.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
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In poetry:

Mistrusting not the omen,
He gained the beach, where Yeomen,
Militia, Fencibles, and Pikemen bold,
With Regulars in thousands, were enmassed to meet the Foemen,
Whose fleet had not yet shoaled.
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy