freestanding structure preventing movement across a boundary

A fence is something built like a low wall, often made of metal or wood, to keep something in or to keep something out. It differs from a wall, which has a foundation.[1] Fences are usually supported by fenceposts. Fences can be large or small. Many are used in gardens but some are used in different places. A fence differs from a wall in not having a solid foundation along its whole length.[2]

A wooden fence.
A metal fence.

Alternatives to fencing include a ditch (sometimes filled with water, forming a moat).

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  1. Patrick Hanks, ed. (1985). Collins Dictionary of the English Language. William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. p. 534. ISBN 0-00-433078-1.
  2. Dr D G Hessayon (2018). "The Garden DIY Expert".