• WordNet 3.6
    • v defend argue or speak in defense of "She supported the motion to strike"
    • v defend state or assert "He maintained his innocence"
    • v defend fight against or resist strongly "The senator said he would oppose the bill","Don't fight it!"
    • v defend be on the defensive; act against an attack
    • v defend protect against a challenge or attack "Hold that position behind the trees!","Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
    • v defend protect or fight for as a champion
    • v defend be the defense counsel for someone in a trial "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
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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.
    • Defend (Law) To deny the right of the plaintiff in regard to (the suit, or the wrong charged); to oppose or resist, as a claim at law; to contest, as a suit. "As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it.""Leave not the faithful side
      That gave thee being, still shades thee and protects ."
    • Defend To prohibit; to forbid. "Avicen countermands letting blood in choleric bodies.""Which God defend that I should wring from him."
    • Defend To repel danger or harm from; to protect; to secure against attack; to maintain against force or argument; to uphold; to guard; as, to defend a town; to defend a cause; to defend character; to defend the absent; -- sometimes followed by from or against; as, to defend one's self from, or against, one's enemies. "The lord mayor craves aid . . . to defend the city.""God defend the right!""A village near it was defended by the river."
    • Defend To ward or fend off; to drive back or away; to repel. "Th' other strove for to defend The force of Vulcan with his might and main."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defend To drive off or away; thrust back; fend or ward off; repel.
    • defend To forbid; prohibit; forefend.
    • defend To ward off attack from; guard against assault or injury; shield: as, to defend a fortress.
    • defend To vindicate; uphold; maintain by force, argument, or evidence: as, to defend one's rights and privileges; to defend a cause or claim at law.
    • defend Synonyms Protect, Shelter, etc. (see keep), guard, shield. Maintain, Vindicate, etc. See assert.
    • defend In law, to make opposition; enter or make defense: as, the party comes into court, defends, and says.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Defend de-fend′ to keep off anything hurtful: to guard or protect: to maintain against attack: :
    • n Defend that which defends: posture of defence
    • v.t Defend de-fend′ (obs.) to prohibit, forbid
    • v.t Defend de-fend′ (law) to resist, as a claim: to contest
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  • Lord Byron
    “The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.”
  • Phyllis Schlafly
    Phyllis Schlafly
    “What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother.”
  • (Frederick II) Frederick The Great
    “In trying to defend everything he defended nothing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. défendre, L. defendere,; de-, + fendere,only in comp.) to strike; perh. akin to Gr. qei`nein to strike, and E. dint,. Cf. Dint Defense Fend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. defendĕre, defensum, to ward off—de, off, and obs. fendĕre, to strike.


In literature:

He defended toleration in the name of Penn, whose life had been published by Clarkson.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Liege was defended by twelve forts, large and small.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
In fortification, it signifies a parapet thrown up as high as the breasts of the men defending it.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Mr. Toombs ardently defended Senator Berrien.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
A group had gathered about the injured person on the ground and about the other man who had struggled to defend him.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The captain of the Defender was on deck seeing to it that everything was in order for the race.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
A few of the villagers were armed, but the principal part defended themselves with stones.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
An outlined enemy may be made to attack or defend.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The two revolutionary leaders by almost superhuman efforts succeeded in rallying and equipping a force of 5,000 defenders.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Man will use all his strength and all his cruelty to defend himself.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux

In poetry:

DEFENDANT. I wonder whether
They'll live together,
In marriage tether
In manner true?
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Thy servant, Lord, defend,
Whose hopes on Thee depend:
From wasting sorrow free
The heart long vowed to Thee.
"My God, Thy Suppliant Hear" by George Sandys
My angel, her defender
Upstanding, spreads the light
On painted clouds of fancy
And mists that touch the height.
"Our Guardian Angels And Their Children" by Vachel Lindsay
"If thou be Lancelot du Lake
Then welcome shalt thou bee;
Wherfore see thou thyself defend,
For now defye I thee."
"Sir Lancelot Du Lake" by Thomas Percy
No angel is there to protect,
If thou shouldst once depart;
No spirit to defend the form,
No guardian near the heart.
"To Modesty" by Elizabeth Bath
Thy voice in far-off time I hear,
With sweet defending, say:
"The poor ye always have with you,
Me ye have not alway!"
"After An Old Legend" by George MacDonald

In news:

Team USA started slowly at the 2011 World Cup, failing to earn a chance to defend its consecutive gold medals in the '07 and '09 events.
The Orioles improved to 7-3 in Interleague play by defeating the defending World Champion Phillies in 7-2 at Citizens Bank Ballpark on Friday night.
Democrat Sheriff Danny Williams claims "malice" in a political ad about him, but the defendants stand by their information.
Midfielder Giles Barnes tracked down a ball on the left side and beat a defender with a clever chip along the end line.
The defending Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo moved into the semifinals of the conference playoffs with a 2-1 win at the Chicago Fire in Wednesday's play-in game.
The USA's Kelli Stack defends against Canada's Vicki Bendus in the Americans' clinching 3-0 win in the Four Nations Cup.
Stylish New Red Bulls rookie central defender Tim Ream, a 22-year-old St Louis product, has started all 19 of his team's games and must surely be on the US national team radar.
Cole out of England squad for San Marino match Posted: Oct 12, 2012 Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has been omitted from Roy Hodgson's squad for Engla.
Thomas Jefferson Defends America With a Moose.
Central Catholic's Cedric Gray outruns Findlay defenders for a big gain during the second quarter.
Iowa State Cyclones corner back Jeremy Reeves (5) defends the pass to Baylor Bears wide receiver Lanear Sampson (3) at Jack Trice Stadium.
Griffin Bazor defends the rim Saturday night against Benton.
House Republicans are expected to introduce legislation requiring federal agencies to justify and potentially defend their bundled contracts.
The burgeoning army of college bureaucrats defends this extraordinary growth as necessary to provide consumer-oriented students with an expanded breadth of noninstructional services.
Dibaba successfully defends her 10,000m crown.

In science:

It can happen if students who individually chose the correct response are not very confident and cannot defend or justify their response.
Effectiveness of group interaction on conceptual standardized test performance
The definition is motivated, discussed, and defended in much more detail in Part I, where it is also compared with other definitions of causality.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
One of the few exceptions is given by Lewis [1986], who defends the thesis that “to explain an event is to provide some information about its causal history”.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
This leads to the quoting of inflated systematic errors (defended as “conservative”), resulting in a less sensitive test of the model under consideration.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
In his “youthful effort” Zeno elaborated a number of paradoxes in order to defend the system of Parmenides and attack the common conceptions of things.
Zeno meets modern science