• WordNet 3.6
    • n defense the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury "a good boxer needs a good defense","defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"
    • n defense protection from harm "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
    • n defense (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies "they died in the defense of Stalingrad","they were developed for the defense program"
    • n defense a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him "he gave evidence for the defense"
    • n defense a structure used to defend against attack "the artillery battered down the defenses"
    • n defense the justification for some act or belief "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
    • n defense the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive","in defense he said the other man started it"
    • n defense an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack "he joined the defense against invasion"
    • n defense the defendant and his legal advisors collectively "the defense called for a mistrial"
    • n defense (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring "his teams are always good on defense"
    • n Defense the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
    • n defense (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sea cucumber spills its internal organs out as a defense mechanism
    • Defense Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc. "A man of great defense .""By how much defense is better than no skill."
    • Defense Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. "Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth."
    • Defense Protecting plea; vindication; justification. "Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense ."
    • Defense That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection. "War would arise in defense of the right.""God, the widow's champion and defense ."
    • Defense The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger. "In cases of defense 't is best to weigh
      The enemy more mighty than he seems."
    • Defense (Law) The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.
    • v. t Defense To furnish with defenses; to fortify. "Better manned and more strongly defensed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As a defense mechanism, the North American Opossum closes its eyes and becomes totally limp. Basically it plays dead
    • n defense The act of shielding or guarding from attack or injury; the act of resisting an attack or assault.
    • n defense The act of maintaining, supporting, or vindicating by force or argument.
    • n defense Something that repels or guards against attack, violence, danger, or injury; a protection; a safeguard; a security; a fortification.
    • n defense A speech or writing intended to repel or disprove a charge or an accusation; a vindication; an apology.
    • n defense In law: The method adopted by a person against whom legal proceedings have been taken for defending himself against them. More specifically
    • n defense The opposing or denial of the charge or cause of action, or of some essential element in it, as distinguished from opposition by a counter-claim.
    • n defense Defiance; resistance; offense.
    • n defense A prohibition.
    • n defense The science of defending against attack by force of arms; skill in defending from danger by means of weapons or of the fists; specifically, fencing or boxing.
    • n defense plural In heraldry, the natural weapons of an animal used as a bearing, as the tusks of a boar, or the like.
    • n defense The distance from the salient of a bastion to the opposite flank.
    • n defense A method or course to be pursued in conducting a defense of any kind.
    • defense To defend; protect; guard; shield; fortify.
    • defense To defend; vindicate; maintain.
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  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue.”
  • E. V. Lucas
    E. V. Lucas
    “There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy.”
  • John Dryden
    “Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.”
  • Captain James
    Captain James
    “They say that the best defense is offense, and I intend to start offending right now.”
  • Carl Rogers
    Carl Rogers
    “In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.”
  • Bible
    “A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found one hath found a treasure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. défense, OF. defense, fem., defens, masc., fr. L. defensa,cf. LL. defensum,), from defendere,. See Defend, and cf. Fence


In literature:

If it works, it might be valuable for community defense.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
He had examined every point of attack and defense in the village, and was returning to the river, when he saw a pony tethered to a sapling.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
It had no flanking defenses whatever.
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Keep your defenses up, your line of communication covered, and you can't help but make money.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
We have defenses for such weapons.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Their first line of defense had proven satisfactory, and there had been no unauthorized landing on Topaz.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
In an altercation with a man, he had drawn a pistol on him, and his defense was that the pistol was not loaded.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
Additionally, the defense budget as a whole is in danger of disarray, as supplemental funding winds down and reset costs become clear.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
They asked him for his defense.
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
The partial attempts to adopt measures of defense were of little avail.
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Zachary F. Smith
Tears are the jiu-jitsu of woman's art of self-defense.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
And with Your Majesty's permission, my men and I would like to participate in the convent's defense.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
We French have the expression "Naked as a worm," to point to the lack of any defensive covering.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
It was she now who was on the defensive.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Without a plentiful supply of it, we cannot provide for the common defense.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Both the offensive and the defensive have their places in an operation whose broad character is primarily either defensive or offensive.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
Now Britain formed a combination for defense with Russia and France.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
He had appreciated its strategic value and somewhat developed its defensive possibilities.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
He essayed to speak, to rise to his own defense.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I had a right to use the weapons of womanhood in my own defense.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish

In poetry:

First mad with hope we undertake
To pull up every bar;
But once possess'd, we faintly make
A dull defensive war.
"You charm'd me not with that fair face" by John Henry Dryden
Yet peeping thence in fond alarm,
Most trembling for her guardian's life,
She looks, expecting that his arm
Would brandish his defensive knife.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
And clothed upon with sacred rights;
Those sacred rights of jealous care,
In whose defense the torch she lights,
And strips her arm of vengeance bare.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
The entire world is saved by love!
In but her salvation and defense is.
All's in love. O Margaret, sleep in peace.
All's in love. I'm saved because I love.
"Lady With Camelias" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
The Judge left the Court, looking deeply disgusted:
But the Snark, though a little aghast,
As the lawyer to whom the defense was entrusted,
Went bellowing on to the last.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Then lovely in her innocence,
With gaze as pure as meadow pool,
The maid spoke in her sire's defense:
"But Daddy, please your Reverence,
Would rather leave it to the bull."
"The Farmer's Daughter" by Robert W Service

In news:

JERUSALEM—Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system Sunday, the military said, a step toward making the third leg of what Israel calls its "multilayer missile defense" operational.
Israel's newest missile defense system , designed to provide another layer of protection against enemy fire, is on schedule for deployment in 2014, defense officials said Tuesday.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, however, came to his players' defense Thursday.
First team defense Defensive Player of the Year: Zak Pettit, Truckee Lineman of the Year: Cody Tolbert, Moapa Valley Linebacker: Kasen Hughes, Moapa Valley.
Paige, who was recently bumped up to a four-star on, worked at defensive tackle in Team Alabama's 4-3 defense during Wednesday's practice at Huntingdon College.
This season, Wisconsin has allowed 320.9 yards per game and ranks 13th in the country in total defense - 24th in passing defense .
This season, Wisconsin has allowed 320.9 yards per game and ranks 13th in the country in total defense -- 24th in passing defense .
The 38-year-old was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2011, and he helped lead a Wisconsin defense that was 13th in the country — allowing 19 points per game.
This season, Wisconsin has allowed 320.9 yards per game and ranks 13th in the country in total defense — 24th in passing defense .
This season, Wisconsin has allowed 320.9 yards per game and ranks 13th in the country in total defense —24th in passing defense .
The Badgers' defense was 13th in the NCAA in total defense and tied for 19th in the country in scoring defense .
Hart in his third year at Stanford has led a defensive front that has totaled 21.0 sacks among 39.5 tackles for loss, paving the way for an historic Cardinal defense that has broken the school sacks record (56.0).
John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger New defensive line coach Karl Dunbar said he's excited to experiment with veterans like Sione Pouha in the 4-6 defense.
Jonathan Hankins Defensive Line Freshman, Dearborn Heights, Mich. Ohio State all-Big Ten Conference defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is skipping his senior year to enter the NFL draft.
The sophistication of the defenses of these caterpillars indicates how persistent and important the predation, mainly by birds, is on these young moths and butterflies, and how evolution has selected for a multiple array of defenses.

In science:

Results for the SF network with random defense (case (ii)). (a) Tc2 as a function of f and fv .
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
Results for the SF network with the degree-based defense (case (iii)). (a) Tc2 as a function of f and fv .
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
Probability U (k) that a node with degree k in the SF network is uninfected. (a) Random defense (case (ii)). (b) Degree-based defense (case (iii)).
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
As expected, the degree-based defense cuts down the probability of infection for nodes with high degrees, whereas the random defense does not.
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
Furthermore, the indirect effect of vaccines, i.e., the suppression of the infection probability for U nodes, is strong under the degree-based defense.
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
We investigated the effect of defense strategies on the robustness of networks against propagating attacks by extending the generating function framework developed by Newman .
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
We applied the analytical results to the three cases: the random graph with the random defense, the SF network with the random defense, and the SF network with the degreebased defense.
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
TNF/iNOS -producing dendritic cells mediate innate immune defense against bacterial infection.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
In the case of national defense, all the movement was one sided towards the direction of decreasing military spending.
Widescope - A social platform for serious conversations on the Web
This formulation is quite similar to the principle of Use Defense in Depth, and the two principles will therefore be covered together.
Functional Programming and Security
However, it is one thing to have features that enhance security, and quite another to arrange for them to be layered as defenses that must be broken through by a determined attacker.
Functional Programming and Security
This does not contradict the idea of defense in depth, since in-depth security measures should be orthogonal.
Functional Programming and Security
Mackey was supported by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.
Matrix Concentration Inequalities via the Method of Exchangeable Pairs
Intrusion Detection System Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are an essential component of defensive measures protecting computer systems and network against harm abuse .
IDPS: An Integrated Intrusion Handling Model for Cloud
In addition, the IDS can be defined as a defense system, which detects hostile activities in a network.
IDPS: An Integrated Intrusion Handling Model for Cloud