noun, verb (used with object), de·fenced, de·fenc·ing. Chiefly British.

  1. defense.


  1. resistance against danger, attack, or harm; protection
  2. a person or thing that provides such resistance
  3. a plea, essay, speech, etc, in support of something; vindication; justification
    1. a country’s military measures or resources
    2. (as modifier)defence spending
  4. law a defendant’s denial of the truth of the allegations or charge against him
  5. law the defendant and his legal advisers collectivelyCompare prosecution
  6. sport
    1. the action of protecting oneself, one’s goal, or one’s allotted part of the playing area against an opponent’s attacks
    2. the method of doing this
    3. the defencethe players in a team whose function is to do this
  7. American football (usually preceded by the)
    1. the team that does not have possession of the ball
    2. the members of a team that play in such circumstances
  8. psychoanal See defence mechanism
  9. (plural) fortifications

see defense.

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