• WordNet 3.6
    • n defence 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 defence protection from harm "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
    • n defence (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 defence a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him "he gave evidence for the defense"
    • n defence a structure used to defend against attack "the artillery battered down the defenses"
    • n defence the justification for some act or belief "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
    • n defence 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 defence an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack "he joined the defense against invasion"
    • n defence the defendant and his legal advisors collectively "the defense called for a mistrial"
    • n defence (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring "his teams are always good on defense"
    • n defence (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Defence 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."
    • Defence Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. "Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth."
    • Defence Protecting plea; vindication; justification. "Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense ."
    • n. & v. t Defence See Defense.
    • Defence 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 ."
    • Defence 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."
    • Defence (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defence etc. See defense, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Defence de-fens′ a defending: protection: vindication:
    • n Defence de-fens′ (law) a defendant's plea
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  • Edmund Burke
    “Education is the cheap defence of nations.”


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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Defend.


In literature:

All earnest men felt bound to protect themselves, and seized the nearest means of defence.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
A league or confederacy between sovereigns or states, for mutual safety and defence.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Ladysmith, as a position for purposes of defence, is very badly situated.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The attack was vigorous, and the defence determined.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
He published a defence of his conduct, and expressed his regret for having struck Takee.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume I" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
It was without fitting defences, and had no able man to direct its resistance against this assault.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
His return to Sweden, the defence of Stralsund, the invasion of Norway, call for no particular attention.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
He then sent his scheme of defence, cabling the substance in cipher, on June 9th, and sending the text by despatch on June 14th.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
And this witness for the defence?
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Let the adversary behold him without defence!...
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall

In poetry:

Under the shadow of thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.
"Psalm 90 part 1" by Isaac Watts
The Lord, our glory and defence,
Strength and salvation gives;
Isr'el, thy King for ever reigns,
Thy God for ever lives.
"Psalm 89 part 3" by Isaac Watts
To vindicate my words and thoughts
I'll make no more pretence;
Not one of all my thousand faults
Can bear a just defence.
"Hymn 86" by Isaac Watts
Vain is the strength of beasts or men,
To hope for safety thence;
But holy souls from God obtain
A strong and sure defence.
"Psalm 33 part 2" by Isaac Watts
"Safely shall you depart from hence,
Obedient if you come:
We will but hear your just defence.
Then send you, honoured, home."
"Enigma XLVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Thy sure defence through nations round
Has spread his glorious name;
And his successful actions crowned
With majesty and fame.
"Psalm 21" by Isaac Watts

In news:

UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory chooses Open Text Solution.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talks to the media after a meeting of NATO defence ministers at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on October 10, 2012.
Russell Williams appeared in defence department booklet.
I have also been depressed to see a chorus of well-known journalists leap to Mr Hari's defence, arguing that what he did was silly or foolish, but is not really his fault.
According to The Guardian, the documents are the first to detail the inner workings of the team that operated under the country's Ministry of Defence.
Because a "directing mind" is responsible for policy and procedures, it meant the company could not argue it was diligent in training and oversight of this employee, a key defence in fighting these fines.
The Afghan and US presidents are to meet in January to discuss the US troop presence after 2014, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday in Kabul.
Nelson Mandela doing 'very well' in hospital, says defence minister.
Israel's "Iron Dome ": The anti-missile defence system that fights off rocket attacks.
Domination is the best defence against startup death.
Only the United States spends more on defence: about $670 billion this year, more than double the dollar amount spent in 2001.
Article written by Mark Urban Diplomatic and defence editor, Newsnight.
Minister of Defence Peter MacKay appears as a witness at a Commons committee to discuss supplementary estimates on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.
Ford 's defence is you can't libel a company.
Nashville already lost free-agent defenceman Ryan Suter to Minnesota this summer, and losing Weber would be an unexpected blow to a defence-first team that had 104 points last season, took the No.

In science:

Our sincerest gratitude, first, to God for guiding us and sufficing all the knowledge and understanding on this study and most especially for providing us the people who helped from concept development to manufacturing to final defence of this paper.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
This paper has been largely a defence of orthodoxy, showing that the period gap in cataclysmic variables is significant and that the nova-like variables show a cutoff at ∼ 3 hr.
On the orbital period distribution of cataclysmic variables
Defence against such arguments require analysis of lengthscales and timescales, of the details of interactions, and of the type of quantum system within which coherence is claimed (Hagan, Hameroff, and Tuszynski 2000).
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
Recent developments in security defence are shown in Appendices G and H.
Will the Butterfly Cipher keep your Network Data secure? Developments in Computer Encryption
They have devoted a considerable number of resources to eavesdropping for such concerns as anti terrorism and defence.
Will the Butterfly Cipher keep your Network Data secure? Developments in Computer Encryption