Defense De*fense", Defence De*fence", n. [F. d['e]fense, OF. defense, fem., defens, masc., fr. L. defensa (cf. LL. defensum), from defendere. See {Defend}, and cf. {Fence}.] 1. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger. [1913 Webster]

In cases of defense 't is best to weigh The enemy more mighty than he seems. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection. [1913 Webster]

War would arise in defense of the right. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

God, the widow's champion and defense. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Protecting plea; vindication; justification. [1913 Webster]

Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense. --Acts xxii. 1. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action. [1913 Webster]

5. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc. [1913 Webster]

A man of great defense. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

By how much defense is better than no skill. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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