defense meaning

[ di'fens ] Pronunciation:   "defense" in a sentence
Noun: defense  di'fens
Usage: US (=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"
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Noun: Defense
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], prosecution

Part of: trial

Encyclopedia: Defense


[Medicine]
or chiefly Brit de·fence n : a means or method of protecting the physical or functional integrity of body or mind ‹a defense against anxiety› ‹ability to concentrate urine may be interpreted as a renal defense of body volume fluid —Jack Metcoff›

[Sports]
Basketball
The team not in possession of the ball whose objective is to keep the opponent from scoring.
A specific pattern of play used by a defending team.

Examples

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  1. she spoke in defense of her religious beliefs.
  2. he had prepared a map for his mine defense.
  3. he works in the ministry of national defense.
  4. the most effective defense is offence.
  5. leagues are commonly made for mutual defense.

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