noun (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
defence; defensive measure.
they died in the defense of Stalingrad
they were developed for the defense program
noun protection from harm
sanitation is the best defense against disease
noun (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
defence; defending team.
his teams are always good on defense
noun the justification for some act or belief
he offered a persuasive defense of the theory
noun (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
defence; defence mechanism; defense reaction; defense mechanism; defence reaction.
noun the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
Defense Department; DoD; Department of Defense; United States Department of Defense.
noun the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
defense lawyers; defense team; defence.
the defense called for a mistrial
noun the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive
in defense he said the other man started it
noun an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
defence force; defence; defense force.
he joined the defense against invasion
noun a structure used to defend against attack
defence; defensive structure.
the artillery battered down the defenses
noun a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
denial; demurrer; defence.
he gave evidence for the defense
noun the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury
a good boxer needs a good defense
defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem
De*fense", De*fence" noun
F. défense, OF. defense, fem., defens, masc., fr. L. defensa (cf. Fence.
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.
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.
God, the widow's champion and defense.
Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense.
Acts xxii. 1.
(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.
Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
A man of great defense.
By how much defense is better than no skill.
Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. Obs.
Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth.
Sir W. Temple.
De*fense" transitive verb
To furnish with defenses; to fortify. Obs. Written also defence.