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1the action of defending from or resisting attack:they relied on missiles for the country’s defense she came to the defense of the eccentric professor attempted justification or vindication of something:he spoke in defense of a disciplined approach an instance of defending a title or seat in a contest or election:his first title defense against Jones military measures or resources for protecting a country:the minister of defense [as modifier]:defense policy a means of protecting something from attack:education is the best defense against tyranny
) fortifications or barriers against attack:coastal defenses
(in sports) the action or role of defending one’s goal against the opposition:we played solid defense
) the players in a team who defend the goal.
2the case presented by or on behalf of the party being accused or sued in a lawsuit. 3
(usually the defense
) [treated as singular or plural] one or more defendants and the counsel in a trial:the defense requested more time to prepare their case