[dih-fens] /dɪˈfɛns/
noun, verb (used with object), defenced, defencing. Chiefly British
Related forms
defenceable, adjective
defenceless, adjective
defencelessly, adverb
defencelessness, noun
predefence, noun
British Dictionary definitions for de fence
defence or defense (dɪˈfɛns)
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
4.  a.  a country's military measures or resources
 b.  (as modifier): defence spending
5.  law a defendant's denial of the truth of the allegations or charge against him
6.  law Compare prosecution the defendant and his legal advisers collectively
7.  sport
 a.  the action of protecting oneself, one's goal, or one's allotted part of the playing area against an opponent's attacks
 b.  the method of doing this
 c.  the defence the players in a team whose function is to do this
8.  (usually preceded by the) American football
 a.  the team that does not have possession of the ball
 b.  the members of a team that play in such circumstances
9.  psychoanal See defence mechanism
10.  (plural) fortifications
[C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēfensum, past participle of dēfendere to defend]
defense or defense
[C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēfensum, past participle of dēfendere to defend]
de'fenceless or defense
de'fenseless or defense
de'fencelessly or defense
de'fenselessly or defense
de'fencelessness or defense
de'fenselessness or defense

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