Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
defense

de·fense

defense

 
 
pronunciation:
dih fens
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of protecting or guarding.
The government spends billions of dollars each year on national defense.
synonyms:
protection
antonyms:
attack
similar words:
fortification, support
definition 2: something that protects or guards.
The castle's defenses included high walls and a moat.
synonyms:
protection, safeguard, shield
similar words:
fortification, guard, screen, security
definition 3: an explanation or excuse for something done or believed in.
His defense was that he had picked up her wallet by mistake.
similar words:
alibi, apology, argument, excuse
derivations: defenseless (adj.), defenselessly (adv.), defenseless (n.), defenselessness (n.)