from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of defending against attack, danger, or injury.
- n. A means or method of defending or protecting.
- n. Sports The act or an instance of defending a championship against a challenger: will box in his third defense of his title.
- n. An argument in support or justification of something. See Synonyms at apology.
- n. Law The action of the defendant in opposition to complaints against him or her.
- n. Law The defendant and his or her legal counsel.
- n. The science or art of defending oneself; self-defense.
- n. Sports Means or tactics used in trying to stop the opposition from scoring.
- n. Sports The team or those players on the team attempting to stop the opposition from scoring.
- n. The military, governmental, and industrial complex, especially as it authorizes and manages weaponry production.
- transitive v. Sports To attempt to stop (the opposition) from scoring.
- transitive v. Sports To play defense against (an opponent); guard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.
- n. Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
- n. An argument in support or justification of something.
- n. Government policy or structure related to the military.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
- n. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
- n. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
- n. 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.
- n. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
- n. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
- transitive v. To furnish with defenses; to fortify.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of shielding or guarding from attack or injury; the act of resisting an attack or assault.
- n. The act of maintaining, supporting, or vindicating by force or argument.
- n. Something that repels or guards against attack, violence, danger, or injury; a protection; a safeguard; a security; a fortification.
- n. A speech or writing intended to repel or disprove a charge or an accusation; a vindication; an apology.
- n. In law: The method adopted by a person against whom legal proceedings have been taken for defending himself against them. More specifically
- n. The opposing or denial of the charge or cause of action, or of some essential element in it, as distinguished from opposition by a counter-claim.
- n. Defiance; resistance; offense.
- n. A prohibition.
- n. The science of defending against attack by force of arms; skill in defending from danger by means of weapons or of the fists; specifically, fencing or boxing.
- n. plural In heraldry, the natural weapons of an animal used as a bearing, as the tusks of a boar, or the like.
- n. The distance from the salient of a bastion to the opposite flank.
- n. A method or course to be pursued in conducting a defense of any kind.
- To defend; protect; guard; shield; fortify.
- To defend; vindicate; maintain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
- n. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
- n. the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury
- n. protection from harm
- n. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
- n. the justification for some act or belief
- n. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
- n. the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
- n. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
- n. the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
- n. a structure used to defend against attack
- n. (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēfēnsa, from feminine past participle of dēfendere, to ward off; see defend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)