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  1. de·fense
  2. noun

    • 1. the action of defending from or resisting attack:

      she came to the defense of the eccentric professor he spoke in defense of a disciplined approach they relied on missiles for the country's defense
      Synonym : protection, shielding, safeguarding, guarding, security, fortification, cover, shelter, screen, resistance, deterrent
    • 2. an instance of defending a title or seat in a contest or election:

      his first title defense against Jones
    • 3. military measures or resources for protecting a country:

      the minister of defense defense policy
      Synonym : armaments, weapons, weaponry, arms, military resources/measures, the military, the army, the navy, the air force, deterrence
    • 4. a means of protecting something from attack:

      education is the best defense against tyranny
    • 5. fortifications or barriers against attack:

      coastal defenses
    • 6. the case presented by or on behalf of the party being accused or sued in a lawsuit:

      the farmer's defense was that he intended only to wound the thief
    • 7. one or more defendants and the counsel in a trial:

      the defense requested more time to prepare their case
    • 8. (in sports) the action or role of defending one's goal against the opposition:

      we played solid defense
    • 9. the players in a team who defend the goal:

      despite heavy pressure the defense was coping well dribbling through defenses
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: defence, plural noun: defences

    • noun

      the action of defending from or resisting attack:

      an instance of defending a title or seat in a contest or election:

    • noun

      an automatic reaction of the body against disease-causing organisms.

      a mental process (e.g., repression or projection) initiated, typically unconsciously, to avoid conscious conflict or anxiety.

    • noun

      the organization and training of civilians to be prepared for attacks in wartime.
    • noun

      a defense in which Black responds to White's advance of the queen's pawn by moving the king's knight to the f 6 square, usually following with a fianchetto:
    • noun

      the defense of one's person or interests, especially through the use of physical force, which is permitted in certain cases as an answer to a charge of violent crime:
    • noun

      (in basketball, football, and hockey) a system of defensive play in which each player guards an allotted area of the field of play and guards an opponent only when the opponent is in his area.
    • the arrangement of defensive lines or fortifications so that they can defend each other
    • a projected US system of defence against nuclear weapons, using satellites armed with lasers to intercept and destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles.
    • name given to Strategic Defense Initiative after 1993
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