What does Defence mean?

Definitions for Defence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defencenoun

    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

  2. defense, defence, defending teamnoun

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

    "his teams are always good on defense"

  3. defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyersnoun

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

  4. defense, defence, defense force, defence forcenoun

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

  5. refutation, defense, defencenoun

    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"

  6. defense, defence, vindicationnoun

    the justification for some act or belief

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

  7. defensive structure, defense, defencenoun

    a structure used to defend against attack

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

  8. defense, defence, denial, demurrernoun

    a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

  9. defense, defence, defensive measurenoun

    (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"

  10. defense, defencenoun

    protection from harm

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

  11. defense, defencenoun

    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"


  1. defencenoun

    The action of protecting from attack.

  2. defencenoun

    Something used to oppose attack.

  3. defencenoun

    An argument in support or justification of something.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEFENCEnoun

    Etymology: defensio, Latin.

    Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 2 Chro. ii. 5.

    The Lord is your protection and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover from the sun. Ecclus. xxxiv. 16.

    Be thou my strong rock for an house of defence to save me. Ps. xxxi. 2.

    Against all this there seems to be no defence, but that of supporting one established form of doctrine and discipline. Jonathan Swift.

    Alexander beckoned with his hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. Acts xix. 33.

    The youthful prince
    With scorn replied, and made this bold defence. Dryden.

    Severe defences may be made against wearing any linnen under a certain breadth. William Temple.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defence

    see Defense

  2. Defencenoun

    the act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger

  3. Defencenoun

    that which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection

  4. Defencenoun

    protecting plea; vindication; justification

  5. Defencenoun

    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

  6. Defencenoun

    act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc

  7. Defencenoun

    prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance

  8. Etymology: [F. dfense, OF. defense, fem., defens, masc., fr. L. defensa (cf. LL. defensum), from defendere. See Defend, and cf. Fence.]


  1. DeFence

    'deFENCE' is an interactive conceptual art project for freedom of cohabitation, designed in such a way as to include each beholder personally. In tradition of Marcel Duchamp, the two main roles of this exhibit are the work itself, and the person watching it. Only here, the subjective role of the beholder is not the only one. They are personally drawn into the exhibit, by way of a mirror. The work represents a house, with its door wide open, inviting and welcoming every visitor. Except, a certain visitor is watching this house over a barbed wire fence. On the other hand, this visitor is being watched from the window of the house. The author's intention was to combine these two persons into one, so that people who had never had the chance to be on the other side of the barbed wire, can benefit in two ways: Firstly, they can see how it is to be looking over a barbed wire into a house inviting you, which you cannot reach. And secondly, they can see themselves passively looking from the house at the person outside the fence, doing nothing to remove this segregation. The concept of this project is to bring to the attention of people living in the 'free' world that many of the boundaries that segregate others in a 'non free' world, are created by themselves. Or, at least, they do nothing to remove these boundaries. The wish of the author is to help remove all boundaries that separate people and worlds.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Defence

    de-fens′, n. a defending: protection: vindication: (law) a defendant's plea.—pa.p. Defenc′ed (B.), fortified.—adj. Defence′less.—adv. Defence′lessly.—n. Defence′lessness. [See Defend.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Defence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #816

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Defence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1966

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Defence' in Nouns Frequency: #340

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Defence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Defence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Defence in a Sentence

  1. Ye Cheng:

    It was announced publicly early last year. It was very, very well known. The fact that Chinese investors were interested in investing in infrastructure in Australia is also hardly a secret, under our legislation, under our law in Australia, the Department of Defence or this Federal Government can step in and take control of infrastructure like this in circumstances where it's deemed necessary for purposes of defense.

  2. Edward Stacey:

    There may have been a help to sentiment but (defence) budgets are still constrained as they are.

  3. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We will offer some deals to Kuwait that are beneficial to both countries, especially deals on defence.

  4. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

    I've agreed with Prime Minister Najib (Razak) to raise our bilateral ties to strategic partnership, as a concrete step, we've agreed to cooperate in defence equipment. Also, by reinforcing support to (Malaysia's) maritime law enforcement body, we will cooperate for maritime safety.

  5. Githu Muigai:

    Good defence leads to great offence

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    without the natural or usual covering
    • A. denudate
    • B. efface
    • C. cleave
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