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English noun: defense

1. defense (act) (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

SamplesThey died in the defense of Stalingrad.
They were developed for the defense program.

Synonymsdefence, defensive measure

Broader (hypernym)action, military action

Narrower (hyponym)air defense, biodefence, biodefense, biological defence, biological defense, biological warfare defence, biological warfare defense, BW defence, BW defense, chemical defence, chemical defense, deliberate defence, deliberate defense, hasty defence, hasty defense, minelaying, mining, stand, umbrella

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. defense (act) protection from harm

SamplesSanitation is the best defense against disease.


Broader (hypernym)protection

3. defense (group) (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

SamplesHis teams are always good on defense.

Synonymsdefence, defending team

Broader (hypernym)squad, team

Domain categoryathletics, sport

Antonymsoffence, offense

4. defense (communication) the justification for some act or belief

SamplesHe offered a persuasive defense of the theory.

Synonymsdefence, vindication

Broader (hypernym)justification

Narrower (hyponym)alibi, alibi, apologia, apology, exculpation, excuse, self-justification

5. defense (process) (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

Synonymsdefence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense mechanism, defense reaction

Broader (hypernym)process, psychoanalytic process, unconscious process

Narrower (hyponym)compensation, conversion, denial, displacement, idealisation, idealization, intellectualisation, intellectualization, isolation, projection, rationalisation, rationalization, reaction formation, regression, repression

Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

6. Defense (group) the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947

SynonymsDefense Department, Department of Defense, DoD, United States Department of Defense

Broader (hypernym)executive department

Part holonymAir Force, Army, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, BMDO, Casualty Care Research Center, CCRC, DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Technical Information Center, Department of Defense Laboratory System, DIA, DISA, DTIC, LABLINK, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, Navy, NGA, NRO, NSA, U. S. Air Force, U. S. Army, United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Navy, US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, USA, USAF, USN

7. defense (group) the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

SamplesThe defense called for a mistrial.

Synonymsdefence, defense lawyers, defense team

Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


8. defense (communication) the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

SamplesHis refutation of the charges was short and persuasive.
In defense he said the other man started it.

Synonymsdefence, refutation

Broader (hypernym)answer

Narrower (hyponym)confutation, rebuttal

9. defense (group) an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

SamplesHe joined the defense against invasion.

Synonymsdefence, defence force, defense force

Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)bastion

10. defense (artifact) a structure used to defend against attack

SamplesThe artillery battered down the defenses.

Synonymsdefence, defensive structure

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

Narrower (hyponym)cheval-de-frise, chevaux-de-frise, fastness, fort, fortification, fortress, line of defence, line of defense, munition, outwork, stronghold

11. defense (act) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

SamplesHe gave evidence for the defense.

Synonymsdefence, demurrer, denial

Broader (hypernym)due process, due process of law

Narrower (hyponym)entrapment

Part meronymtrial

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

Antonymscriminal prosecution, prosecution

12. defense (act) the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

SamplesA good boxer needs a good defense.
Defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem.


Broader (hypernym)protection

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