defense

See also: défense

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

defense (plural defenses) (US)

  1. The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.
  2. Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
    1. (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
    2. (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
  3. An argument in support or justification of something.
  4. Government policy or structure related to the military.
    Department of Defense

SynonymsEdit

AntonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit


LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

dēfense

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēfensus
Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 17:29