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Noun: defense  di'fen(t)s
Usage: US (elsewhere: defence)
  1. (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";
    - defence [Brit, Cdn], defensive measure
  2. Protection from harm
    "sanitation is the best defense against disease";
    - defence [Brit, Cdn]
  3. (sport) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
    "his teams are always good on defense";
    - defence [Brit, Cdn], defending team
  4. The justification for some act or belief
    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory";
    - defence [Brit, Cdn], vindication, account
  5. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
    - defense mechanism [US], defense reaction [US], defence mechanism [Brit, Cdn], defence reaction [Brit, Cdn], defence [Brit, Cdn]
  6. The defendant and his legal advisors collectively
    "the defense called for a mistrial";
    - defence [Brit, Cdn], defense team [US], defense lawyers [US], defence team [Brit, Cdn], defence lawyers [Brit, Cdn]
  7. The speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
    "in defense he said the other man started it";
    - refutation, defence [Brit, Cdn]
  8. An organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
    "he joined the defense against invasion";
    - defence [Brit, Cdn], defense force [US], defence force [Brit, Cdn]
  9. A structure used to defend against attack
    "the artillery battered down the defenses";
    - defensive structure, defence [Brit, Cdn]
  10. (law) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
    "he gave evidence for the defense";
    - defence [Brit, Cdn], denial, demurrer
  11. 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";
    - defence [Brit, Cdn]
Noun: Defense  di'fen(t)s
Usage: US
  1. The federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
    - Department of Defense, Defense Department [US], United States Department of Defense, DoD

Derived forms: defenses

Type of: accumulation, action, aggregation, answer, assemblage, collection, construction, due process, due process of law, executive department, justification, military action, organisation [Brit], organization, process, protection, psychoanalytic process, squad, structure, team, unconscious process

Antonym: offense [US]

Part of: trial

Encyclopedia: Defense