Definition of defender in English:


Line breaks: de|fend¦er
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɛndə(r)


  • 2(In sport) a player whose task it is to protect their own side’s goal: Owen surged between two defenders, then drove the ball out of the reach of the goalkeeper
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    • Traps are most effective when the two defenders cover two sides of the offensive player.
    • With his back to goal and two defenders smothering him, he somehow manages to turn and make room for a shot, which he fires narrowly wide.
    • Bizarrely it was the fifth time this season that Doncaster have cashed in on an own goal, although the defender knew little about it.
    full back, back, sweeper; (defenders) back four

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