|1.||[ noun ] (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"
|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|
"sanitation is the best defense against disease"
|3.||[ noun ] the justification for some act or belief|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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|