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Definition 1: (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies - [noun denoting act]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they died in the defense of Stalingrad
  • they were developed for the defense program

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) a military engagement

"he saw action in Korea"

(... is a kind of defense ) a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets

"an air umbrella over England"

(... is a kind of defense ) defense against biological warfare

(... is a kind of defense ) laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy personnel and equipment

(... is a kind of defense ) procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using chemical agents

(... is a kind of defense ) procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using biological agents

(... is a kind of defense ) a defense organized before contact is made with the enemy and while time for organization is available; usually includes a fortified zone (with pillboxes) and communication systems

(... is a kind of defense ) a defense organized while in contact with the enemy or when time is limited

(... is a kind of defense ) a defensive effort

"the army made a final stand at the Rhone"

(... is a kind of defense ) defensive measures designed to destroy attacking enemy aircraft or missiles or to nullify their effectiveness

(defense belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 2: the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury - [noun denoting act]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a good boxer needs a good defense
  • defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) the activity of protecting someone or something

"the witnesses demanded police protection"

Definition 3: a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him - [noun denoting act]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave evidence for the defense

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards

(... is a kind of defense ) a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials

(... is part of defense) (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law

"he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty" "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"

(defense belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 4: protection from harm - [noun denoting act]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sanitation is the best defense against disease

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) the activity of protecting someone or something

"the witnesses demanded police protection"

Definition 5: a structure used to defend against attack - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the artillery battered down the defenses

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

(... is a kind of defense ) defensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame; used to obstruct cavalry

(... is a kind of defense ) defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it

(... is a kind of defense ) a fortified defensive structure

(... is a kind of defense ) defensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack

(... is a kind of defense ) subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area

"the outworks of the castle"

(... is a kind of defense ) a strongly fortified defensive structure

Definition 6: the justification for some act or belief - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he offered a persuasive defense of the theory

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) a statement in explanation of some action or belief

(... is a kind of defense ) a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

(... is a kind of defense ) (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question

(... is a kind of defense ) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

"he kept finding excuses to stay" "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job" "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"

Definition 7: the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive
  • in defense he said the other man started it

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) the speech act of replying to a question

(... is a kind of defense ) the speech act of refuting conclusively

(... is a kind of defense ) the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary contention or argument

Definition 8: the defendant and his legal advisors collectively - [noun denoting group]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the defense called for a mistrial

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) several things grouped together or considered as a whole

Definition 9: (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring - [noun denoting group]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his teams are always good on defense

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) a cooperative unit (especially in sports)

(defense belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 10: the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947 - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States

(defense is a part of ...) a combat support agency that provides geographic intelligence in support of national security

(defense is a part of ...) a combat support agency in the Department of Defense responsible for developing and operating and supporting information systems to serve the needs of the President and the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff

(defense is a part of ...) an agency in the Department of Defense that is responsible for making ballistic missile defense a reality

(defense is a part of ...) the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare

(defense is a part of ...) the United States cryptologic organization that coordinates and directs highly specialized activities to protect United States information systems and to produce foreign intelligence information

(defense is a part of ...) an intelligence agency in the United States Department of Defense that designs and builds and operates space reconnaissance systems to detect trouble spots worldwide and to monitor arms control agreements and environmental issues and to help plan military operations

(defense is a part of ...) the agency in the Department of Defense that provides scientific and technical information to federal agencies and their contractors

(defense is a part of ...) a logistics combat support agency in the Department of Defense; provides worldwide support for military missions

(defense is a part of ...) an intelligence agency of the United States in the Department of Defense; is responsible for providing intelligence in support of military planning and operations and weapons acquisition

(defense is a part of ...) the airforce of the United States of America; the agency that defends the United States through control and exploitation of air and space

(defense is a part of ...) the navy of the United States of America; the agency that maintains and trains and equips combat-ready naval forces

(defense is a part of ...) a defense laboratory that provides essential services in fundamental science for national security and environmental protection and provides technologies that contribute to industrial competitiveness

(defense is a part of ...) the central research and development organization for the United States Department of Defense; responsible for developing new surveillance technologies since 9/11

(defense is a part of ...) an agency in the Department of Defense that is a national center for research on all aspects of injury control and casualty care

Definition 11: an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack - [noun denoting group]

Samples where defense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he joined the defense against invasion

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) a group of people who work together

(... is a kind of defense ) a group that defends a principle

"a bastion against corruption" "the last bastion of communism"

Definition 12: (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for defense in the sense of this definition

(defense is a kind of ...) a mental process that you are not directly aware of

"the process of denial"

(defense is a kind of ...) a process that is assumed to occur in psychoanalytic theory

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them

"his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive"

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors

(... is a kind of defense ) (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious

(defense belongs to category ...) the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders

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