The act of defending against attack, danger, or injury. (noun)
A means or method of defending or protecting. (noun)
Sports The act or an instance of defending a championship against a challenger: will box in his third defense of his title. (noun)
An argument in support or justification of something. See Synonyms at apology. (noun)
Law The action of the defendant in opposition to complaints against him or her. (noun)
Law The defendant and his or her legal counsel. (noun)
The science or art of defending oneself; self-defense. (noun)
Sports Means or tactics used in trying to stop the opposition from scoring. (noun)
Sports The team or those players on the team attempting to stop the opposition from scoring. (noun)
The military, governmental, and industrial complex, especially as it authorizes and manages weaponry production. (noun)
Sports To attempt to stop (the opposition) from scoring. (verb-transitive)
Sports To play defense against (an opponent); guard. (verb-transitive)
Examples of word defense
ROBERT GATES, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: Based on my experience serving seven presidents, as a former director of CIA and now as secretary of defense, I am here to make the case for strengthening our capacity to use soft power and for better integrating it with hard power.
ROBERT GATES, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: More often than not, during my career, the secretary of state, the secretary of defense have not been on speaking terms ...
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) DONALD RUMSFELD, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: I, would start on a personal note -- my time as secretary of defense, I've come away truly inspired by the professionalism, the dedication, the dignity, of the men and women in uniform.
DONALD RUMSFELD, OUTGOING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: I certainly can't speak for the new incoming secretary of defense.
OF DEFENSE FOR HOMELAND SECURITY: If, for some reason, and it does appear, the level of the criminal threat exceeds the immediate capability of civilian law enforcement, the National Guard in state status, under command and control of the governor, not under command and control of the secretary of defense, can work side by side lawfully with civilian law enforcement agencies, police officers, to maintain public order.