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{adj: airtight, air-tight} having no weak points
"an airtight defense"
"an airtight argument"



{adj: antiaircraft} designed for defense from a surface position against air attack

{adj: antitank} designed for defense against armored vehicles

{adj: broken} not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
"broken lines of defense"
"a broken cable transmission"
"broken sleep"
"tear off the stub above the broken line"
"a broken note"
"broken sobs"
<-> unbroken

{adj: defenseless, defenceless} lacking weapons for self-defense

{adj: leaky} permitting the unwanted passage of fluids or gases
"a leaky roof"
"a leaky defense system"
<-> tight

{adj: offensive} for the purpose of attack rather than defense
"offensive weapons"
<-> defensive

{adj: one-on-one, man-to-man} being a system of play in which an individual defensive player guards an individual offensive player
"one-on-one defense"

{adj: penetrable} admitting of penetration or passage into or through
"a penetrable wall"
"penetrable defenses"
<-> impenetrable

{adj: penetrable} capable of being penetrated
"penetrable defenses"

{adj: unimpassioned} free from emotional appeal; marked by reasonableness
"answered with an unimpassioned defense"
"the unimpassioned intellect"

{adj: unprotected} lacking protection or defense
<-> protected

{adj: vehement} characterized by great force or energy
"vehement deluges of rain"
"vehement clapping"
"a vehement defense"

{adv: defenseless, defenceless, defenselessly, defencelessly} without defense
"the child was standing in the middle of the crossfire, defenselessly"

{adv: nakedly} in an exposed manner; without protection or defense
"they were attacked as they huddled nakedly on the bare hill"

{n: Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL} a United States Air Force defense laboratory responsible for discovering and developing and integrating fighting technologies for aerospace forces

{n: Army High Performance Computing Research Center, AHPCRC} a United States defense laboratory to conduct research in high-performance computing for defense technology applications; a partnership of government and university and industry

{n: Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, BMDO} an agency in the Department of Defense that is responsible for making ballistic missile defense a reality

{n: Casualty Care Research Center, CCRC} an agency in the Department of Defense that is a national center for research on all aspects of injury control and casualty care

{n: Darrow, Clarence Darrow, Clarence Seward Darrow} United States lawyer famous for his defense of lost causes (1857-1938)

{n: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA} the central research and development organization for the United States Department of Defense; responsible for developing new surveillance technologies since 9/11

{n: Defense Information Systems Agency, DISA} a combat support agency in the Department of Defense responsible for developing and operating and supporting information systems to serve the needs of the President and the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff

{n: Defense Intelligence Agency, DIA} an intelligence agency of the United States in the Department of Defense; is responsible for providing intelligence in support of military planning and operations and weapons acquisition

{n: Defense Logistics Agency} a logistics combat support agency in the Department of Defense; provides worldwide support for military missions

{n: Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, DRMS} the organization in the Defense Logistics Agency that inventories and evaluates and sells reusable United States government surplus

{n: Defense Technical Information Center, DTIC} the agency in the Department of Defense that provides scientific and technical information to federal agencies and their contractors

{n: Department of Defense Laboratory System, LABLINK} a defense laboratory that provides essential services in fundamental science for national security and environmental protection and provides technologies that contribute to industrial competitiveness

{n: Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoD} the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947

{n: Dowding, Hugh Dowding, Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Dowdy} British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)

{n: Haganah} the clandestine military wing of the Jewish leadership during the British rule over the mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948; became the basis for the Israel defense force

{n: International Relations and Security Network, ISN} Switzerland's information network for security and defense studies and for peace and conflict research and for international relations

{n: Israeli Defense Force, IDF} the ground and air and naval forces of Israel

{n: Kahane Chai, Kach} a terrorist organization founded for Jewish defense; fights antisemitism and hopes to restore the biblical state of Israel

{n: National Reconnaissance Office, NRO} an intelligence agency in the United States Department of Defense that designs and builds and operates space reconnaissance systems to detect trouble spots worldwide and to monitor arms control agreements and environmental issues and to help plan military operations

{n: Naval Research Laboratory, NRL} the United States Navy's defense laboratory that conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines

{n: Pentagon} a government building with five sides that serves as the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense

{n: Secretary of Defense, Defense Secretary} the person who holds the secretaryship of the Defense Department
"the first Defense Secretary was James V. Forrestal who was appointed by Truman"

{n: Secretary of Defense, Defense Secretary} the position of the head of the Department of Defense
"the position of Defense Secretary was created in 1947"

{n: Secretary of War, War Secretary} head of a former executive department; combined with the Navy Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947

{n: Secretary of the Navy, Navy Secretary} head of a former executive department; combined with the War Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947

{n: Territorial Army} British unit of nonprofessional soldiers organized for defense of GB

{n: Ulster Defense Association, UDA} the major Protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland; responsible for bombing the homes of Catholics and for criminal racketeering and selling drugs

{n: United Self-Defense Force of Colombia, United Self-Defense Group of Colombia, Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, AUC} a terrorist organization in Colombia formed in 1997 as an umbrella for local and regional paramilitary groups; is financed by earnings from narcotics and serves to protect the economic interests of its members
"the AUC conducted over 800 assassinations in one year"

{n: United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, USACIL} a defense laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Command; the United States Army's primary forensic laboratory in support of criminal intelligence

{n: abattis, abatis} line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) toward the enemy

{n: active air defense} air defense by the use aircraft or missiles or artillery or electronic countermeasures

{n: air defense} defensive measures designed to destroy attacking enemy aircraft or missiles or to nullify their effectiveness

{n: alibi} (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question

{n: amplification, elaboration} addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail
"a few remarks added in amplification and defense"
"an elaboration of the sketch followed"

{n: answer} the principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims

{n: anti-takeover defense} resistance to or defense against a hostile takeover

{n: apologetics} the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines

{n: apology, apologia} a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

{n: basic point defense missile system} a shipboard missile system

{n: biological defense, biological defence, biodefense, biodefence} procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using biological agents

{n: biological warfare defense, biological warfare defence, BW defense, BW defence} defense against biological warfare

{n: breakthrough} a penetration of a barrier such as an enemy's defense

{n: chance-medley} unpremeditated killing of a human being in self defense

{n: chemical defense, chemical defence} procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using chemical agents

{n: civil defense} activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster

{n: club} stout stick that is larger at one end
"he carried a club in self defense"
"he felt as if he had been hit with a club"

{n: compensation} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors

{n: competence hearing} a hearing to determine legal capacity (to determine whether the defendant can understand the charges and cooperate with a lawyer in preparing a defense)

{n: conversion} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis

{n: defense attorney, defense lawyer} the lawyer representing the defendant

{n: defense contractor} a contractor concerned with the development and manufacture of systems of defense

{n: defense laboratory} a laboratory devoted to research and development for national defense

{n: defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence} (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

{n: defense program, defense policy, defence program, defence policy} a program for defending a country against its enemies

{n: defense system, defence system} the weaponry available for the defense of a region

{n: defense, defence, defending team} (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
"his teams are always good on defense"
<-> offence, offense

{n: defense, defence, defense force, defence force} an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
"he joined the defense against invasion"

{n: defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyers} the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
"the defense called for a mistrial"
<-> prosecution

{n: defense, defence, defensive measure} military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
"they died in the defense of Stalingrad"
"they were developed for the defense program"

{n: defense, defence, denial, demurrer} a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
"he gave evidence for the defense"
<-> prosecution

{n: defense, defence, vindication} the justification for some act or belief
"he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

{n: defense, defence} protection from harm
"sanitation is the best defense against disease"

{n: defensive structure, defense, defence} a structure used to defend against attack
"the artillery battered down the defenses"

{n: deliberate defense, deliberate defence} a defensive organized before contact is made with the enemy and while time for organization is available; usually includes a fortified zone (with pillboxes) and communication systems

{n: denial} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

{n: dilatory plea} a plea that delays the action without settling the cause of action; it can challenge the jurisdiction or claim disability of the defendant etc. (such defenses are usually raised in the defendant's answer)

{n: displacement} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one

{n: diversion, diversionary attack} an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack

{n: entrapment} a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials

{n: excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification} a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
"he kept finding excuses to stay"
"every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"
"his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"

{n: fortification} the art or science of strengthening defenses

{n: hasty defense, hasty defence} a defense organized while in contact with the enemy or when time is limited

{n: hearth, fireside} home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
"driven from hearth and home"
"fighting in defense of their firesides"

{n: idealization, idealisation} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad

{n: immorality} the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct
"the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
<-> morality

{n: immune response, immune reaction, immunologic response} a bodily defense reaction that recognizes an invading substance (an antigen: such as a virus or fungus or bacteria or transplanted organ) and produces antibodies specific against that antigen

{n: immunoglobulin G, IgG} one of the five major classes of immunoglobulins; the main antibody defense against bacteria

{n: intellectualization, intellectualisation} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict

{n: isolation} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it

{n: jujutsu, jujitsu, jiujitsu} a method of self-defense without weapons that was developed in China and Japan; holds and blows are supplemented by clever use of the attacker's own weight and strength

{n: leukocyte, leucocyte, white blood cell, white cell, white blood corpuscle, white corpuscle, WBC} blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system

{n: line of defense, line of defence} any organization whose responsibility it is to defend against something
"police are the major line of defense against crime"

{n: line of defense, line of defence} defensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack

{n: martial art} any of several Oriental arts of weaponless self-defense; usually practiced as a sport
"he had a black belt in the martial arts"

{n: militainment} entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated

{n: missile defense system, missile defence system} naval weaponry providing a defense system

{n: nonresistance} group refusal to resort to violence even in defense against violence

{n: offense, offence} the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
<-> defence, defense

{n: passive air defense} air defense by the use of deception or dispersion or protective construction

{n: phagocytosis} process in which phagocytes engulf and digest microorganisms and cellular debris; an important defense against infection

{n: projection} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else

{n: prosecution, criminal prosecution} the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
<-> defense

{n: prosecution} the lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant
<-> defense

{n: 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

{n: 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
"his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive"

{n: refutation, defense, defence} 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"

{n: regression} (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state

{n: repression} (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious

{n: retrenchment} entrenchment consisting of an additional interior fortification to prolong the defense

{n: ring containment} a strategy of defense in cases of bioterrorism; vaccination only of people exposed and others who are in contact with them
"ring containment is a proven method of halting a smallpox epidemic"

{n: security, protection} defense against financial failure; financial independence
"his pension gave him security in his old age"
"insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness"

{n: self-defense, self-defence, self-protection} the act of defending yourself

{n: ship money} an impost levied in England to provide money for ships for national defense

{n: spar, sparring} making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer

{n: stinger} a sharp organ of offense or defense (as of a wasp or stingray or scorpion) often connected with a poison gland

{n: stockade} fortification consisting of a fence made of a line of stout posts set firmly for defense

{n: strip alert} a state of readiness for domestic defense aircraft
"the Air Force will keep fighters on strip alert at bases around the country"

{n: tooth} hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense

{n: trip wire} a small military force that serves as a first line of defense; if they become engaged in hostilities it will trigger the intervention of stronger military forces

{n: yeomanry} a British volunteer cavalry force organized in 1761 for home defense later incorporated into the Territorial Army

{v: build} found or ground
"build a defense on nothing but the accused person's reputation"

{v: charge} make an accusatory claim
"The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased"

{v: confirm} as of a person to a position
"The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense"

{v: cross examine, cross question} question closely, or question a witness that has already been questioned by the opposing side
"The witness was cross-examined by the defense"

{v: defend, represent} be the defense counsel for someone in a trial
"Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
<-> prosecute

{v: defend, support, fend for} argue or speak in defense of
"She supported the motion to strike"

{v: fort, fort up} gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense

{v: manoeuver, maneuver, manoeuvre, operate} perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense


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