- 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 defenseless
I understand why you were so moved that you left your secure, comfortable lives to defend the defenseless in a far off land.An Ex-Radical's Open Letter to ISIS Fighters: Quit Now While You Can!|Maajid Nawaz|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Heinous acts, especially when perpetrated on defenseless minors, elicit equally heinous responses even in sane minds.
Twenty defenseless children were gunned down by a sick individual.In Between Mass Shootings, the Media Have Been MIA on Guns|Howard Kurtz|December 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The U.N. agenda, she said, is “to disarm people,” implying it would leave the defenseless even more so.The National Rifle Association’s Bizarre Colorado Response|James Warren|July 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Their ability to launch a surprise strike renders us defenseless.
They did succeed in killing a large number of defenseless men and women, but this was the only result of these attacks.World's War Events, Volume III|Various
The massacre at Jotapata was bad enough, but the slaughter of defenseless men, on the lake, is worse.For the Temple|G. A. Henty
Mother felt that in our present defenseless condition she should not refuse any offers of aid, and thanked him.Life in the Confederate Army|Arthur Peronneau Ford
“Not too busy to try and defeat the scoundrels who are plotting against a defenseless girl,” he cried.The Bartlett Mystery|Louis Tracy
Why does "the subdelegate cause only the defenseless and the unprotected to be drafted?"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine