defense (

     n 1: the team that is trying to prevent the other team from
          scoring; "his teams are always good on defense" [syn: defence,
           defending team] [ant: offense, offense]
     2: military action or resources protecting a country against
        potential enemies; "they died in the defense of
        Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
        [syn: defence, defensive measure]
     3: the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the
        defense called for a mistrial" [syn: defence, {defense
        team}, defense lawyers] [ant: prosecution]
     4: protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense
        against disease" [syn: defence]
     5: a structure used for defense; "the artillery battered down
        the defenses" [syn: defensive structure, defence]
     6: the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions;
        "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive";
        "in defense he said the other man started it" [syn: refutation,
     7: the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a
        persuasive defense of the theory" [syn: defence, vindication]
     8: a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the
        charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
        [syn: defence, denial, demurrer] [ant: prosecution]
     9: an organization of defenders that provides resistance
        against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
        [syn: defence, defense force, defence force]
     10: the federal department responsible for safeguarding national
         security; created in 1947 [syn: Department of Defense,
         Defense Department, Defense, DoD]
     11: (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the
         anxiety associated with instinctive desires [syn: {defense
         mechanism}, defense reaction, defence mechanism, {defence
         reaction}, defence]