• WordNet 3.6
    • n defender a person who cares for persons or property
    • n defender a fighter who holds out against attack
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: suit against G-d. He won because the defendant never showed up in court.
    • n Defender One who defends; one who maintains, supports, protects, or vindicates; a champion; an advocate; a vindicator. "Provinces . . . left without their ancient and puissant defenders ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defender One who defends; one who protects from injury; a champion.
    • n defender One who maintains, supports, or vindicates by force or argument.
    • n defender In Scots law, the defendant; the party against whom the conclusions of a process or action are directed.
    • n defender In Irish history, one of an association of Roman Catholics organized in the north of Ireland in the eighteenth century to oppose the Protestants who had organized as Peep-o'-day Boys or Orangemen.
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  • Pericles
    “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.”
  • Voltaire
    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
  • Voltaire
    “May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.”
  • Francis Picabia
    “Men have always need of god! A god to defend them against other men..”
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo; your time has come and gone. It's time for change in America.”
  • Lillian Hellman
    Lillian Hellman
    “Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Fender


In literature:

We can defend ourselves here against all the pirates of the South Seas.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
If a great city cannot be defended by an army fifty miles away, it is better not to defend it at all.
"The Belgians to the Front" by Colonel James Fiske
The consequence is, that, brought to bay by you, I shall defend myself to the very last.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The articles were produced by Thomas Gates, an excise officer, who had, after a search, found them on the defendant's premises.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
To a man, the defenders were prepared to sell their lives at a heavy price.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Above each such hole another was bored, to enable the defenders to see the position of their foes.
"The Border Boys Across the Frontier" by Fremont B. Deering
Death stood at the door with drawn sword to slay not to defend, but the Boy resolved to fight.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Sheerness was soon taken; nor could it be saved by the valor of Sir Edward Sprague, who defended it.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
Paris must do her part in defending the country, she can do no more.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
He was Director of the University of Halle, and defended the Pietists from the standpoint of statesmanship.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
It defended Cooper from the charge of vilifying his country in order to make his works salable in England, but it defended him in this way.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Hippopotamuses are protected by their immense heads, and are capable of defending their young from crocodiles even when in the water.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
Defending it against whom?
"Standard Selections" by Various
He defended himself, and succeeded in cutting off one of the animal's paws.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Defending the government, or readiness to defend it, in such times as these, is no humbug!
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
For Henry had no Janissaries or Praetorians to defend his person or execute his orders.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
All his troops are needed to defend his own territory against his ambitious neighbors.
"Barbarossa; An Historical Novel of the XII Century." by Conrad von Bolanden
A fusillade of shots poured out of the darkness upon the well-lighted defenders.
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones
The continent is really in earnest, in defending the country.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
All the German positions were captured and the defenders made prisoners.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various

In poetry:

'Beggar, or what else, sad mourner!
Enter without fear or dread;
Here, thank God! there's aye a corner
To defend the houseless head!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
The troops are drawn up for battle,
For the long expected fight;
"'Tis my last," said Anhalt Dessau,
"May our God defend the right!"
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
"That's over much," quoth Lancelott tho,
"Defend thee by and by."
They sett their speares unto their steeds,
And each att other flye.
"Sir Lancelot Du Lake" by Thomas Percy
"Two Dukes would Mary make a bride,
And from her foes defend her" -
"Well, not exactly that," they cried,
"We offer guilty splendour.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
May He our actions deign to bless,
And loose the bonds of wickedness;
From sudden falls our feet defend
And guide us safely to the end.
"O Come, Thou Sun of Righteousness" by Augusta Treverorum
Henry No evil ever shall betide
My love, while I am at her side.
Lo! thy protector and thy friend,
The arms that fold thee will defend.
"The Lovers. A Poem" by John Logan

In news:

Ayanbadejo defended Birk 's right to have an opinion that differed from his own.
Ayanbadejo, a vocal supporter of legalizing gay marriage, defends teammate Matt Birk 's right to campaign for the other side.
Come join with hundreds of Christians from valley churches as we take a stand to "defend the weak and fatherless".
In Gray's defense, he's getting good at defending himself.
Bay County Circuit Court Defendant doctor missed signs of pneumonia.
Rogers defends Agenda 21 session.
New Fed official defends bond-buying program.
Charleston runner Austin Hailey gets caught in a rundown between second and third base on Friday as Saxony Lutheran third baseman Chase Steffens chases him toward a group of Crusader defenders.
Can del Potro defend his US Open title.
Defendant freed after strip search on street.
Mayor Bloomberg defends decision to hold marathon on Sunday as tempers boil over gas shortages.
5th of 6 defendants pleads guilty in DC woman's fatal beating.
Santa Margarita Water District defends, approves Cadiz plans for Mojave groundwater pumping.
The Calais baseball team is the two-time defending Eastern Maine Champion in Class C The Calais softball team just completed another unbeaten season.
COLUMBIA – The fix is easy: "More money for more public defenders," said Boone County District Defender David Wallis.

In science:

By the rules the defending player throws dice after attacker’s throw.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
In addition, the expectation of lost troops in a successful attack is studied, as well as the expectation of surviving defending troops.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
Although in the game the attacker can cancel the attack at any point, we consider only the case that either the attacker or the defender loses all his/her troops.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
Now consider the case where the attacker has three troops and the defender has five troops.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
All those sequences where the attacker wins can be drawn into a rooted tree, where the weight of an edge corresponds to the number of units the defender loses, and the path length from the root to any leaf is exactly the number of troops the defender had in the beginning.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
The number of defending troops is denoted with nd and the number of troops killed by the first attacking troops with d1 .
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
We shall write P (a, d, l) for the probability that a attacking troops kill d − l troops when there are d troops defending, i.e. after the attack there are l troops left.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
In addition, one might be interested in the expectation of lost units when defending a territory.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
Suppose the number of defending units is denoted with nd , and the XL is the random variable corresponding to the number of lost units.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
This activity was triggered by the microlensing events seen towards the LMC, which suggest a typical lens mass around 0.5 M⊙ , and the white dwarf nature of dark matter was defended with great vigor by Chabrier.
The Galactic Halo: Conference Summary
However, there is a more sophisticated way to defend local realism.
Bayesian analysis of Bell inequalities
The case for a LC has to be defended not only on grounds of the clean environment and more precise measurements but there should be a thorough comparison with the LHC potential for physics.
After Sitges
In this case, there are as many fervent defenders of the pion cloud explanation (where the pairs do interact and separate into some quasi-nucleon and pion packages) as there are of some effect related to the Pauli principle (where simply fewer u ¯u pairs are formed).
From Parity Violation to Hadron Structure and more
Recalling section 3, for a dimidated Gaussian one could defend quoting the central value as it was the median, even though it was not the mean.
Asymmetric Systematic Errors
If this is meant by the precise understanding of the effect Goldhaber’s position is still defendable.
Bose-Einsten correlations in multiple particle production from 1959 to 1989