What does defence mean?

Definitions for defence
dɪˈfɛnsde·fence

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defence

    see Defense

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

  2. Defencenoun

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

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

  3. Defencenoun

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

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

  4. Defencenoun

    protecting plea; vindication; justification

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

  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

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

  6. Defencenoun

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

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

  7. Defencenoun

    prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Le Van Hai:

    Combat readiness is the top priority of the division, of the Ministry of Defence and the country. We can deal with any sudden or unexpected situation ... We are ready, high combat readiness.

  2. Amir Peretz:

    Without a doubt, the question of the 'command spirit' will arise, with some in the ranks wondering whether this defence minister has, effectively, revised military ethics, especially regarding open-fire regulations, the defence minister is, in a sense, the 'prime minister of Judea and Samaria'.

  3. Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki:

    For now, the Patriot system is first in the game, obviously, all the time we have to have in the back of our heads other possibilities, such as Lockheed Martin's MEADS (missile defence).

  4. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu:

    The Ministry of Defence has adopted a series of measures to counter the growing capacity of NATO forces in close proximity to the Russian borders.

  5. Folajaiye Kareem:

    If you look at this, it is synonymous with traumatic responses, such that they are anxious and anticipate that they will be harassed over a story. This may cause them to let go in defence of themselves.

Images & Illustrations of defence

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