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de·fense

defense

 
 
pronunciation:
dih fens [or] di fens
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of protecting or guarding.
The army celebrated its successful defense of the city.
synonyms:
protection
antonyms:
attack
similar words:
fortification, support
definition 2: something that protects or guards.
The castle's defenses included high walls and a moat.
synonyms:
protection, safeguard, shield
similar words:
fortification, guard, screen, security
definition 3: an explanation or excuse for something done or believed in.
His defense was that he had picked up her wallet by mistake.
similar words:
alibi, apology, argument, excuse
definition 4: in sports, action or ability to prevent the opposite team from scoring or getting an advantage.
Our team has a strong offense, but it needs to build up its defense.
definition 5: in sports, the set of players on a team who are responsible for defense.
The defense played well in the last two games.
derivations: defenseless (adj.), defenselessly (adv.), defenseless (n.), defenselessness (n.)