1. [ noun ] (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
Synonyms: defensive_measure defence

"they died in the defense of Stalingrad" "they were developed for the defense program"

Related terms: military_action air_defense mining stand umbrella chemical_defense deliberate_defense biological_warfare_defense biodefence hasty_defense military
2. [ noun ] protection from harm
Synonyms: defence

"sanitation is the best defense against disease"

Related terms: protection
3. [ noun ] the justification for some act or belief
Synonyms: vindication defence

"he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

Related terms: justification excuse alibi apology vindicate
4. [ noun ] (sport) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
Synonyms: defending_team defence

"his teams are always good on defense"

Related terms: offense team sport
5. [ noun ] (law) the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
Synonyms: defense_team defense_lawyers defence

"the defense called for a mistrial"

Related terms: prosecution collection defend
6. [ noun ] (government) the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947
Synonyms: Department_of_Defense united_states_department_of_defense DoD Defense_Department
Related terms: executive_department United_States_Navy defense_logistics_agency department_of_defense_laboratory_system darpa ballistic_missile_defense_organization defense_intelligence_agency defense_technical_information_center national_reconnaissance_office national_security_agency u._s._air_force defense_information_systems_agency national_imagery_and_mapping_agency casualty_care_research_center United_States_Army
7. [ noun ] the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
Synonyms: defence refutation

"his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive" "in defense he said the other man started it"

Related terms: answer confutation rebuttal refute
8. [ noun ] (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
Synonyms: defense_reaction defence_mechanism defence_reaction defence defense_mechanism
Related terms: process psychoanalytic_process denial projection conversion compensation displacement rationalization regression repression reaction_formation intellectualisation idealization isolation psychiatry
9. [ noun ] a structure used for defense
Synonyms: defence defensive_structure

"the artillery battered down the defenses"

Related terms: structure fortress fortification cheval-de-frise outwork stronghold line_of_defense
10. [ noun ] (military) an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
Synonyms: defence_force defense_force defence

"he joined the defense against invasion"

Related terms: organization bastion defend
11. [ noun ] (law) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
Synonyms: denial demurrer defence

"he gave evidence for the defense"

Related terms: prosecution due_process entrapment trial law
Similar spelling:   Devens