de·fense /dɪˈfɛn(t)s; ||ˈdiˌ/
de·fense /dɪˈfɛn(t)s/ 名詞
De·fense, De·fence n.
1. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
In cases of defense 't is best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems. --Shak.
2. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
War would arise in defense of the right. --Tennyson.
God, the widow's champion and defense. --Shak.
3. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense. --Acts xxii. 1.
4. Law The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.
5. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
A man of great defense. --Spenser.
By how much defense is better than no skill. --Shak.
6. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. [Obs.]
Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth. --Sir W. Temple.
De·fense, v. t. To furnish with defenses; to fortify. [Obs.] [Written also defence.]
Better manned and more strongly defensed. --Hales.
n 1: (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team
from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
[syn: defence, defending team] [ant: offense, offense]
2: military action or resources protecting a country against
potential enemies; "they died in the defense of
Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
[syn: defence, defensive measure]
3: the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the
defense called for a mistrial" [syn: defence, defense
team, defense lawyers] [ant: prosecution]
4: protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense
against disease" [syn: defence]
5: a structure used for defense; "the artillery battered down
the defenses" [syn: defensive structure, defence]
6: 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" [syn: refutation,
7: the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a
persuasive defense of the theory" [syn: defence, vindication]
8: a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the
charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
[syn: defence, denial, demurrer] [ant: prosecution]
9: an organization of defenders that provides resistance
against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
[syn: defence, defense force, defence force]
10: the federal department responsible for safeguarding national
security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947 [syn: Department
of Defense, Defense Department, United States
Department of Defense, DoD]
11: (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the
anxiety associated with instinctive desires [syn: defense
mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence