from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A range of emergency measures to be taken by an organized body of civilian volunteers for the protection of life and property in the event of natural disaster or enemy attack.
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- n. activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster
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The rubber-banded underwear seemed just as efficient a measure as the instruction of our civil defense teacher to hide under our desks if America hit us with an atomic bomb.
At the top floor the car stopped and they stepped out into a small room filled with boxes stenciled with block Korean letters, suitcases, a broken TV set, an olive-drab drum of civil defense drinking water.
"Mr. Griffin, I think it would do no harm to examine our civil defense plans."