The act or art of using a sword as in fencing; SYN. swordplay.
Sport of fighting with swords including the foil, derived from the light weapon used in practice duels; the épée, a heavier weapon derived from the duelling sword proper; and the saber, with a curved handle and narrow V-shaped blade. In saber fighting, cuts count as well as thrusts. Masks and protective jackets are worn, and hits are registered electronically in competitions. Men’s fencing has been part of every Olympic program since 1896; women’s fencing was included from 1924 but only using the foil.