- a team player whose assigned role is to prevent the other team from scoring: On the court, he’s an exceptional defender and a natural leader.
- a contestant or team that attempts to retain a championship title, rank, etc., in a competition against a challenger: Her main rival is the young title defender from Italy.
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As Jared said before, Murray isn’t going to see better defenders than he did last round, which has to be encouraging for the Nuggets.Bam Adebayo Is Making Plays, Denver Is Making Us Look Bad, And The Lakers May Need To Make Some Adjustments|Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
He stood at the free-throw line with 4-on-3 advantages and all but played with his food by looking off defenders before firing passes to open 3-point shooters.When It Comes To Playoff Disappointment, The Clippers Are In A League Of Their Own|Chris Herring (email@example.com)|September 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Former teammate Kei Kamara remembers games in which Davies would “effortlessly” run around defenders in loops, or toy with them with the ball at his feet.A Canadian Teenager Is One Of The Fastest Soccer Players In The World|Julian McKenzie|September 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Getting by defenders like Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo and Andre Iguodala was never going to be easy.The Bucks Played It Safe And Made The Wrong Kind Of History|Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 9, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
And, even with Westbrook’s propensity to gamble more than he probably should as an off-ball defender, none are obvious weak links on that end.The Rockets’ New Starting Lineup Is Just Scratching The Surface Of Its Potential|Michael Pina|September 8, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
And, as any good public defender would, Wolf says the allegations are absurd.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist|Creede Newton|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kadyrov then declared himself to be “the main human rights defender” in Chechnya.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists|Anna Nemtsova|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He could be remade into a defender of the environment, a preserver of habitats and champion of rainforest ecology.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?|Ted Gioia|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A hulking defender breaks into the backfield and takes him down with a vicious clothesline tackle.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel|Steve Almond|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And into the fray comes a weapon I never thought would have been legal, let alone humane—something called Knee Defender.For Short Men in 2014, The News Is Surprisingly Good|Kevin Bleyer|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
John Cantacuzenus, the historian of his own times, and a defender of the faith, inaugurated emperor of Constantinople.
Maximilian Lamarque, died at Paris; a distinguished French officer, and defender of liberal principles.
They stared rudely at the beautiful traveller who was starting off with so many trunks, and a dog of such size for her defender.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
After the trial races and consequent choice of 'Vigilant' as defender, public attention was centred on the coming of 'Valkyrie.'Yachting Vol. 2|Various.
Tears came to his eyes, and he could have embraced his defender.Wayside Courtships|Hamlin Garland