1【protection】2【military】3【against criticism】4【in a law court】5【emotions】6【sport】
the act of protecting something or someone from attackdefence of In Britain, the defence of the country has historically been left to the navy. a firm commitment to the defense of human rights The first line of defence is a smoke detector.b)[C]
something that can be used to protect something or someone from attack The area's flood defences need repair.defence against The immune system is the body's defence against infection.
all the systems, people, materials etc that a country uses to protect itself from attack calls for a national debate on defence the Defense Departmentb) defencesBrEdefensesAmE [plural]
all the armies, weapons, structures etc that are available to defend a place The invading army easily overcame the town's defences.【AGAINST CRITICISM】 [U and C]
something that you say or do in order to support someone or something that is being criticizedin sb's/sth's defence Jean wrote a letter to the paper in Angela's defense.defence of a philosophical defence of nationalismcome/leap to sb's defence Evelyn Waugh came to Wilson's defence and acknowledged the brilliance of the book's themes.【IN A LAW COURT】a)[C]
the things that are said in a court of law to prove that someone is not guilty of a crime Major has a good defence and believes he will win the case. a defence lawyerb) the defence
all the lawyers who try to prove in a court of law that someone is not guilty of a crime The defense called only one witness.
something you do or a way of behaving that prevents you from seeming weak or being hurt by others Liz dropped her defences and began to relax.【SPORT】[C]BrE
the players in a game whose main job is to try to prevent the other team from getting points