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Noun: defender  di'fen-du(r)
  1. A person who cares for persons or property
    - guardian, protector, shielder
  2. A fighter who holds out against attack
    - withstander
  3. (sports) one of the players whose primary task is to prevent the opposition from scoring

Derived forms: defenders

Type of: battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, preserver, scrapper

Encyclopedia: Defender, Midfielder