- the practice or art of defending oneself or one's goal against attack, as in fencing, boxing, soccer, or football.
- the team attempting to thwart the attack of the team having the ball or puck.
- the players of a team who line up in their own defensive zone.
- the positions on the field, ice, etc., taken by such players.
verb (used with object), de·fensed, de·fens·ing.
Origin of defense
Examples from the Web for defense
Among other things, the bill appropriates $1.1 trillion in funding—including over $550 billion for the Department of Defense.
The military commission this week was to focus on the alleged FBI infiltration of one of the defense teams.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start|Tim Mak|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When my husband and I asked to see the report, we were told we could purchase the report for $30,000 from the defense.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even Defense Secretary Gates, at least for a time, was open to the notion.
In order to withhold the photographs, the secretary of defense must certify that photographs could cause harm to Americans.
General Lovell was in command of 3,000 troops, intended for the defense of New Orleans, but he fled.The Greater Republic|Charles Morris
Experts called for the defense cannot always be sure that the patient truthfully answers the questions.Crime: Its Cause and Treatment|Clarence Darrow
One was the fact that the audiencia was frequently consulted by the king or governor in regard to the defense of the colony.The Audiencia in the Spanish Colonies|Charles Henry Cunningham
By reciprocal obligations of help, defense, and redress of injuries.Ancient Society|Lewis Henry Morgan
Torpedo defense netting is fitted, and there are three masts with military tops carrying Hotchkiss revolver machine guns.
Word Origin and History for defense
c.1300, "forbidding, prohibition," also "action of guarding or protecting," from Old French defense, from Latin defensus, past participle of defendere "ward off, protect" (see defend). But it also arrived (without the final -e) from Old French defens, from Latin defensum "thing protected or forbidden," neuter past participle of defendere.
Defens was assimilated into defense, but not before it inspired the alternative spelling defence, via the same tendency that produced hence (hennis), pence (penies), dunce (Duns). First used 1935 as a euphemism for "national military resources." Defense mechanism in psychology is from 1913.