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A flanged element of a vehicle's body that swells out over the wheel wells. Although fenders often have a decorative aspect, they are intended to prevent tires from throwing debris, water, mud, et cetera, in a demonstration of centrifugal force, up and behind the vehicle as it is in motion.

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