Definitions for defensedɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•fensedɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛns(n.; v.)-fensed, -fens•ing.

  1. (n.)resistance against attack; protection.

  2. something that defends, as a fortification or medication.

  3. the defending of a cause or the like by speech, etc.:

    to speak in defense of a cause.

  4. the arms production of a nation:

    spending billions on defense.

  5. a speech, etc., in vindication.

  6. the defendant's answer to the charge or claim made by the plaintiff. the strategy adopted by a defendant for defending against the plaintiff's charge. a defendant together with counsel.

    Category: Law

  7. Category: Psychology

    Ref: defense mechanism.

  8. the tactics of defending oneself or one's goal against attack. the team attempting to thwart the attack of the team having the ball or puck. the players of such a team or their positions.

    Category: Sport

  9. (v.t.)to defend against (an opponent, play, etc.).

    Category: Sport

Origin of defense:

1250–1300; ME < OF < LL dēfēnsa a forbidding, der. of L dēfendere to defend


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. defense, defence(noun)

    protection from harm

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

  3. 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"

  4. defense, defence, vindication(noun)

    the justification for some act or belief

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyers(noun)

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

  8. 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"

  9. defense, defence, defense force, defence force(noun)

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

  10. defensive structure, defense, defence(noun)

    a structure used to defend against attack

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

  11. 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"

  12. 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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. defense(noun)ɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9, ˈdi fɛns

    protection against sth that causes harm, or the act of protecting

    the country's defense budget; our only defense against the enemy; the body's best defense against disease

  2. defenseɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9, ˈdi fɛns

    support for sb being criticized

    She reacted angrily in defense of her child.; to come to sb's defense in an argument

  3. defenseɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9, ˈdi fɛns

    arguments used in court to try to prove sb is not guilty

    His defense seemed weak.

  4. defenseɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9, ˈdi fɛns

    the lawyers who present these arguments

    The defense argued against this point.

  5. defense(noun)ɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9, ˈdi fɛns

    the players on a sports team that try to stop the other team from scoring

    I play defense.; Our defense was terrible.


  1. defense(Noun)

    The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.

  2. defense(Noun)

    Anything employed to oppose attack(s).

  3. defense(Noun)

    An argument in support or justification of something.

  4. defense(Noun)

    Government policy or structure related to the military.

    Department of Defense

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defense(noun)

    alt. of Defence

  2. Defense(verb)

    to furnish with defenses; to fortify


  1. Defense

    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.

Translations for defense

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a prisoner's answer to a charge

He made a plea of (not) guilty.

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