n.1.The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
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.
v. t.1.To furnish with defenses; to fortify.
Noun1.defense - (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
offence, offense - the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
2.defense - military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
3.defense - the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial"
prosecution - the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
4.defense - protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
Synonyms: defence
5.defense - a structure used for defense; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
6.defense - 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"
Synonyms: refutation, defence
7.defense - the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
Synonyms: vindication, defence
8.defense - a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
Synonyms: demurrer, denial, defence
criminal prosecution, prosecution - the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
9.defense - an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
10.Defense - the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947
11.defense - (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
aegis, answer, apologetic, apologetics, apologia, apology, arch dam, argument, argumentation, armament, armor, arms, backfire, backstop, bamboo curtain, bank, bar, barrage, barrier, bear-trap dam, beaver dam, bicker, bickering, boom, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall, buffer, bulkhead, casuistry, cofferdam, comeback, confutation, contention, contraremonstrance, controversy, counteraccusation, counterattack, counterblast, counterblow, countercharge, counterclaim, counterfire, counterinsurgency, countermeasure, counterreply, counterrevolution, counterstatement, counterstep, counterstroke, cover, dam, demurrer, denial, dike, disputation, dispute, ditch, earthwork, embankment, exception, exculpation, excuse, explanation, eye, fastness, fence, flyting, fortress, gate, gravity dam, groin, guard, hassle, hubbub, hydraulic-fill dam, iron curtain, jam, jetty, justification, leaping weir, lee, levee, litigation, logjam, logomachy, milldam, moat, mole, mound, munitions, objection, paper war, parapet, passage of arms, plea, pleading, pleadings, polemic, polemics, portcullis, preservation, protective custody, rationalization, rebuttal, rebutter, refuge, refutation, rejoinder, replication, reply, response, retort, return, rhubarb, riposte, roadblock, rock-fill dam, safeguard, safekeeping, safety, seawall, security, set-to, shade, shadow, shelter, shield, shutter dam, special demurrer, special pleading, statement of defense, stone wall, stronghold, surrebuttal, surrebutter, surrejoinder, verbal engagement, wall, war of words, ward, watchful eye, weaponry, weapons, weir, wicket dam, work, wrangling
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