HyperDic: defense

English > 12 senses of the word defense / Defense:
NOUNactdefense, defence, defensive measure(military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies / enemies
actdefense, defenceprotection from harm
groupdefense, defence, defending team(sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
communicationdefense, defence, vindicationthe justification for some act or belief
processdefense, defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defence(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
groupDefense, Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, DoDthe federal department responsible / responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States
groupdefense, defence, defense team, defense lawyersthe defendant and his legal advisors collectively
communicationdefense, refutation, defencethe speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
groupdefense, defence, defense force, defence forcean organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
artifactdefense, defensive structure, defencea structure used to defend against attack
actdefense, defence, denial, demurrera defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
actdefense, defencethe act of defending someone or something against attack or injury
defense / Defense > pronunciation
Soundsdihfeh'ns
Rhymescommence ... whence: 23 rhymes with ehns...
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 1, act
Meaning(military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies / enemies.
Examples
  • "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"
  • "they were developed for the defense program"
Synonymsdefence, defensive measure
Categorymilitary, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machineThe military forces of a nation
Narrowerair defensedefensive measures designed to destroy attacking enemy / enemy aircraft or missiles or to nullify their effectiveness
biological defense, biological defence, biodefense, biodefenceprocedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using biological agents
biological warfare defense, biological warfare defence, BW defense, BW defencedefense against biological warfare
chemical defense, chemical defenceprocedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using chemical agents
deliberate defense, deliberate defenceA defense organized before contact is made with the enemy / enemy and while time for organization is available
hasty defense, hasty defenceA defense organized while in contact with the enemy / enemy or when time is limited
mining, minelayinglaying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy / enemy personnel and equipment
standA defensive effort
umbrellaA formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets
Broadermilitary action, actionA military engagement
Spanishdefensa, medida defensiva
Catalandefensa, mesura defensiva
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 2, act
Meaningprotection from harm.
Example"sanitation is the best defense against disease"
Synonymdefence
BroaderprotectionThe activity of protecting someone or something
Spanishdefender, defensa
Catalandefensa
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 3, group
Meaning(sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring.
Example"his teams are always good on defense"
Synonymsdefence, defending team
Categorysport, athleticsAn active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
Broaderteam, squadA cooperative unit (especially in sports)
Oppositeoffense, offenceThe team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
Spanishdefensa
Catalandefensa
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 4, communication
MeaningThe justification for some act or belief.
Example"he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
Synonymsdefence, vindication
Narroweralibi(law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
apology, apologiaA formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justificationA defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
BroaderjustificationA statement in explanation of some action or belief
Spanishdefensa, vindicación
Catalandefensa, vindicació
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 5, process
Meaning(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires.
Synonymsdefense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defence
Categorypsychiatry, psychopathology, psychological medicineThe branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
Narrowercompensation(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors
conversion(psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis
denial(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts
displacement(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one
idealization, idealisation(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad
intellectualization, intellectualisation(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict / conflict / conflict / conflict
isolation(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally / originally associated with it
projection(psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else
rationalization, rationalisation(psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening
reaction formation(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them
regression(psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile / infantile state
repression(psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious
Broaderprocess, unconscious processA mental process that you are not directly aware of
psychoanalytic processA process that is assumed to occur in psychoanalytic theory
Spanishmecanismo de defensa
Catalanmecanisme de defensa
English > Defense: 12 senses > noun 6, group
MeaningThe federal department responsible / responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947.
SynonymsDepartment of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, DoD
PartsBallistic Missile Defense Organization, BMDOAn agency in the Department of Defense that is responsible / responsible for making ballistic missile defense a reality
Casualty Care Research Center, CCRCAn agency in the Department of Defense that is a national center for research on all aspects of injury control and casualty care
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPAThe central research and development organization for the United States Department of Defense
Defense Information Systems Agency, DISAA combat support agency in the Department of Defense responsible / responsible for developing and operating and supporting information systems to serve the needs of the President / President and the Secretary ... / Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Defense Intelligence Agency, DIAAn intelligence agency of the United States in the Department of Defense
Defense Logistics AgencyA logistics combat support agency in the Department of Defense
Defense Technical Information Center, DTICThe agency in the Department of Defense that provides scientific and technical information to federal agencies and their contractors
Department of Defense Laboratory System, LABLINKA defense laboratory that provides essential services in fundamental science for national security and environmental protection and provides technologies that contribute to industrial competitiveness
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NGAA combat support agency that provides geographic intelligence in support of national security
National Reconnaissance Office, NROAn intelligence agency in the United States Department of Defense that designs and builds and operates space reconnaissance systems to detect trouble spots worldwide / worldwide and to monitor arms control agreements and environmental issues and to help plan military operations
National Security Agency, NSAThe United States cryptologic organization that coordinates and directs highly specialized activities to protect United States information systems and to produce foreign / foreign intelligence information
United States Air Force, U. S. Air Force, US Air Force, Air Force, USAFThe airforce of the United States of America
United States Army, US Army, U. S. Army, Army, USAThe army of the United States of America
United States Navy, US Navy, USN, NavyThe navy of the United States of America
Broaderexecutive departmentA federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States
Spanishdefensa, Departamento de Defensa, Department of Defense, DoD, ministerio de defensa, United States Department of Defense
Catalandefensa, ministeri de defensa
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 7, group
MeaningThe defendant and his legal advisors collectively.
Example"the defense called for a mistrial"
Synonymsdefence, defense team, defense lawyers
Broadercollection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblageSeveral things grouped together or considered as a whole
OppositeprosecutionThe lawyers acting for the state / state to put the case against the defendant
Spanishdefensa, equipo de defensa
Catalandefensa
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 8, communication
MeaningThe speech act of answering an attack on your assertions.
Example "in defense he said the other man started it"
Synonymsrefutation, defence
NarrowerconfutationThe speech act of refuting conclusively
rebuttalThe speech act of refuting by offering a contrary contention or argument
BroaderanswerThe speech act of replying to a question
Spanishcontraataque, impugnación, refutación
Catalandefensa
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 9, group
MeaningAn organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack.
Example"he joined the defense against invasion"
Synonymsdefence, defense force, defence force
NarrowerbastionA group that defends a principle
Broaderorganization, organisationA group of people who work together
Spanishdefensa, guardia
Catalandefensa, guàrdia
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 10, artifact
MeaningA structure used to defend against attack.
Example"the artillery battered down the defenses"
Synonymsdefensive structure, defence
Narrowercheval-de-frise, chevaux-de-frisedefensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame
fortification, munitiondefensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
fortress, fortA fortified defensive structure
line of defense, line of defencedefensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack
outworkSubsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area
stronghold, fastnessA strongly fortified defensive structure
Broaderstructure, constructionA thing constructed
Spanishdefensa, estructura defensiva
Catalandefensa, estructura defensiva
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 11, act
MeaningA defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him.
Example"he gave evidence for the defense"
Synonymsdefence, denial, demurrer
Categorylaw, jurisprudenceThe collection of rules imposed by authority
Part oftrial(law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law
NarrowerentrapmentA defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials
Broaderdue process, due process of law(law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles
Oppositeprosecution, criminal prosecutionThe institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
Spanishnegación
Catalandefensa
English > defense: 12 senses > noun 12, act
MeaningThe act of defending someone or something against attack or injury.
Examples
  • "a good boxer needs a good defense"
  • "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"
Synonymdefence
BroaderprotectionThe activity of protecting someone or something
Spanishdefensa
Catalandefensa

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