- the denial or pleading of the defendant in answer to the claim or charge that has been made.
- the proceedings adopted by a defendant or the defendant's legal agents, for defending against the charges that have been made.
- a defendant and his or her counsel.
- 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.
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Atlanta has started bolstering its defenses against climate change, but in some cases this has only exacerbated divisions.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration|by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
Much like the last time this club looked worthy of a title, in 2018, this defense is versatile enough to switch its assignments to guard ball screens.Everything Should Be On The Table For The Houston Rockets. Even James Harden’s Future.|Chris Herring (email@example.com)|September 14, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
That key defense won’t change as more suits are filed, Kammer said.Got interruption insurance? These companies found it’s useless in the age of COVID-19|Bernhard Warner|September 12, 2020|Fortune
Tensions have been mounting locally between federal defense attorneys and prosecutors over practices during the pandemic.Federal Jail Downtown Now Has One of the Country’s Worst COVID Outbreaks|Maya Srikrishnan|September 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Matthews and his colleagues hypothesize that the plants might produce hexyl glucoside chemicals as a defense against the pests.How does a crop’s environment shape a food’s smell and taste?|Carolyn Beans|September 10, 2020|Science News
I went into the audition as Fericito, the Venezuelan percussionist, and then I did a self-defense expert.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There is just no way of selling this picture with an innocent defense like, “she just asked for a snap.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But, but … there was a token black girl in the background, Target cried in its defense!One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But the fun starts when conservatives stop playing defense and go on offense.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And from there, the letter asked for money for a legal defense fund.
And all the while she fought him, she punctuated her blows with words, some abusing him, others in defense of her father.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
That, in the light of present conditions, is the most important thing for the necessary maintenance and defense of these islands.
Everything was placed in the best state of defense that time allowed, so that any attack of the enemy could be repulsed.
I sent an order and what was necessary for the fortification at Oton, and had that port put in a state of defense.
Les rivieres de Seine & d'Aulbe rendent le lieu de cette Baronnie autant agreable, que fort & avantageux la defense.