defensedɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛns
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- present participle
defense, defence, defensive measure (noun)
(military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
"they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
defense, defence (noun)
protection from harm
"sanitation is the best defense against disease"
defense, defence, defending team (noun)
(sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
"his teams are always good on defense"
defense, defence, vindication (noun)
the justification for some act or belief
"he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence (noun)
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoD (noun)
the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyers (noun)
the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
"the defense called for a mistrial"
refutation, defense, defence (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"
defense, defence, defense force, defence force (noun)
an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
"he joined the defense against invasion"
defensive structure, defense, defence (noun)
a structure used to defend against attack
"the artillery battered down the defenses"
defense, defence, denial, demurrer (noun)
a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
"he gave evidence for the defense"
defense, defence (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"
The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.
Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
An argument in support or justification of something.
Government policy or structure related to the military.
In many team sports, defense or defence is the action of preventing an opponent from scoring. The term may also refer to the tactics involved in defense, or a sub-team whose primary responsibility is defense. Similarly, a defense player or defender is a player who is generally charged with preventing the other team's forwards from being able to bear down directly on their own team's goalkeeper. Such intention exist in association football, ice hockey, water polo and many other sports.