defense defense  /dɪ ˈfɛns/


  1. (n) (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
  2. (n) protection from harm
  3. (n) (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
  4. (n) the justification for some act or belief
  5. (n) (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  6. (n) the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
  7. (n) the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
  8. (n) the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
  9. (n) an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
  10. (n) a structure used to defend against attack
  11. (n) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  12. (n) the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury


  • No one is as familiar with the frustrations of building missile defenses as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.


  1. Defense industry sees dip in mergers, acquisitions

    The aerospace and defense industry saw a decline in mergers and acquisitions during the first part of the year as federal budget cuts set in, forcing the banks and financial advisers that facilitate those deals to reconsider their stomach for the sector.
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

  2. Defense Consolidation: Who Gets Bought First?

    As overseas wars wind down and legislatively mandated cuts to military spending begin to bite, everybody in the defense industry is beginning to ask how sector consolidation will unfold. When you only have one big customer -- the government -- and that customer starts slashing its purchases of goods and services, it's inevitable that some suppliers will choose to exit the business.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Defense: Trayvon Martin "viciously attacked" Zimmerman

    Defense attorneys are making their opening arguments to a jury in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin in a gated community last year
    on June 24, 2013     Source: CBS News


  1. "But it didn't work. They passed the ball very well, they made us work very hard in the defense. When we finally won the ball, we were too tired to move quickly forward. They have been playing together for several years, they are very cohesive,...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Miroslav Klose Source: USA Today

  2. "Speaking for the Department of Defense, once the commander in chief makes his decisions, we will salute and execute those decisions faithfully and to the best of our ability," Mr. Gates said to the annual gathering of the Association of the...
    on Oct 5, 2009 By: Robert Gates Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. "Our new missile defense architecture in Europe will provide stronger, smarter, and swifter defenses of American forces and America's allies," Obama said at the White House.
    on Sep 16, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: AFP

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