noun, verb (used with object), de·fenced, de·fenc·ing. Chiefly British.
- defective virus,
- defective year,
- defence in depth,
- defence mechanism,
Examples from the Web for defenceless
The “find and operate” missions that followed were directed at the most vulnerable and defenceless individuals in the country.
The aid which Pyrrhus brought did little good to the Tarentines, and his final departure in 274 left them defenceless.
She was in no condition to be left alone, this delicate and fragile child, defenceless and beset.The Destroying Angel|Louis Joseph Vance
On the third day after the tumult, Genseric boldly advanced from the port of Ostia to the gates of the defenceless city.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
The great object in a sea-fight was to charge an opponent amidships, or on the stern, or on some defenceless part.
Orange loyalty was then licensed and let loose upon the defenceless Roman Catholic population in Ulster.The Land-War In Ireland (1870)|James Godkin
- a country's military measures or resources
- (as modifier)defence spending
- the action of protecting oneself, one's goal, or one's allotted part of the playing area against an opponent's attacks
- the method of doing this
- the defence the players in a team whose function is to do this
- the team that does not have possession of the ball
- the members of a team that play in such circumstances
Word Origin for defence