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- The action of defending, of protecting from attack, danger or injury.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iv]:
- In cases of defence ’tis best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems:
- Something used to oppose attacks.
- An argument in support or justification of something.
- (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offence.
- (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offence.
- Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.
- Department of Defence
- (obsolete) Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
The noun spelling is mainly used in the UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand; defense is more commonly used in the USA.
defence — see defense