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Meaning of defense by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection" .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /dɪˈfɛns/
    • ( US ) IPA: /diˈfɛns/
    • ( sports ): ( US, often ) IPA: /ˈdi fɛns/
    • Rhymes: -ɛns


    defense ( plural: defenses ) ( US )

    1. The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury .
    2. Anything employed to oppose attack( s ).
      1. ( team sports ) A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense .
      2. ( team sports ) The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense .
    3. An argument in support or justification of something .
    4. Government policy or structure related to the military .
      Department of Defense


    • See also Wikisaurus:defense


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Explanation of defense by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

    2. a good boxer needs a good defense
      defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem
    3. protection from harm

    4. sanitation is the best defense against disease
    5. military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

    6. they died in the defense of Stalingrad
      they were developed for the defense program
    7. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

    8. he gave evidence for the defense
    9. a structure used to defend against attack

    10. the artillery battered down the defenses
    11. the justification for some act or belief

    12. he offered a persuasive defense of the theory
    13. the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

    14. in defense he said the other man started it
    15. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    16. he joined the defense against invasion
    17. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    18. the defense called for a mistrial
    19. the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

    20. his teams are always good on defense
    21. the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States

    22. an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

    Definition of defense by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Defense, Defence n. [F. défense, OF. defense, fem., defens, masc., fr. L. defensa ( cf. LL. defensum ), from defendere. See Defend, and cf. Fence.]
      1. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.

      In cases of defense 't is best to weigh

      The enemy more mighty than he seems. Shak.

      2. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.

      War would arise in defense of the right. Tennyson.

      God, the widow's champion and defense. Shak.

      3. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.

      Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense. Acts xxii. 1.

      4. ( Law ) The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.

      5. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.

      A man of great defense. Spenser.

      By how much defense is better than no skill. Shak.

      6. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. [Obs.]

      Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth. Sir W. Temple.

    2. Defense, v. t. To furnish with defenses; to fortify. [Obs.] [Written also defence.]

      Better manned and more strongly defensed. Hales.