[noun] (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
Synonyms: defence, defending team
[noun] military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
Synonyms: defence, defensive measure
[noun] the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial"
Synonyms: defence, team, lawyers
[noun] protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
[noun] a structure used for defense; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
Synonyms: defensive structure, defence
[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"
Synonyms: refutation, defence
[noun] the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
Synonyms: defence, vindication
[noun] a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
Synonyms: defence, denial, demurrer
[noun] an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
Synonyms: defence, force, defence force
[noun] the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947
Synonyms: Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoD
[noun] (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
Synonyms: mechanism, reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defence
hasty defense, hasty defence
deliberate defense, deliberate defence
biological defense, biological defence, biodefense, biodefence
chemical defense, chemical defence
biological warfare defense, biological warfare defence, BW defense, BW defence
line of defense, line of defence
excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification