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defence

[ dih-fens ]
/ dɪˈfɛns /
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noun, verb (used with object), de·fenced, de·fenc·ing. Chiefly British.

defense.

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Examples from the Web for defenced

  • That the weather being calm, he rowed round me several times, observed my windows and wire-lattices that defenced them.

    Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift

British Dictionary definitions for defenced

defence

US defense

/ (dɪˈfɛns) /

noun

Derived Formsdefenceless or US defenseless, adjectivedefencelessly or US defenselessly, adverbdefencelessness or US defenselessness, noun

Word Origin for defence

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēfensum, past participle of dēfendere to defend
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Word Origin and History for defenced

defence


see defense.

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