- 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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Through nine games of the 2020 season, the Colts defense has allowed the fewest yards of any defense in the NFL, just the kind of Ravens-esque unit he surely hoped to build.The Indianapolis Colts Finally Built A Defensive Monster|Ty Schalter|November 19, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
One thing the National Landing area has going for it is a significant investment in digital infrastructure because of the long-term existence of government and defense offices in the area.Amazon update: Second headquarters development and the area’s housing market|Michele Lerner|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
He doesn’t have a defense circle because everyone around him is out for themselves.
Mangroves are also less effective in densely populated areas, and here, says Dasgupta, embankments should be built and maintained scrupulously as a second line of defense.
The club’s 19,000-volume library holds books on military science, foreign policy, defense and espionage.Things are shipshape at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in D.C.|John Kelly|November 18, 2020|Washington Post
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