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{adj: antisubmarine} defensive against enemy submarines

{adj: defensive, justificative, justificatory} attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing

{adj: defensive} intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack
"defensive weapons"
"a defensive stance"
<-> offensive

{adj: defensive} serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting
"defensive fortifications"
"defensive dikes to protect against floods"

{adj: en garde} (fencing) in a defensive stance

{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"

{adv: defensively} in a defensive manner
"the general conviction that our side is in the right and acting defensively over what Russians call the German question and Americans the Berlin crisis"
<-> offensively

{adv: defensively} in an apologetic and defensive manner
"`I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively"

{adv: pluckily} in a plucky manner
"he was Brentford's defensive star in pluckily holding out the determined Reading raids for long periods"

{n: Hanseatic League} a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas; formed in 1241 and most influential in the 14th century when it included over 100 towns and functioned as an independent political power; the last official assembly was held in 1669

{n: affirmative pleading} any defensive pleading that affirms facts rather than merely denying the facts alleged by the plaintiff

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

{n: antiballistic missile, ABM} a defensive missile designed to shoot down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles
"the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks placed limits on the deployment of ABMs"

{n: approach trench, communication trench} a trench that provides protected passage between the rear and front lines of a defensive position

{n: bailey} the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castle

{n: barbican, barbacan} a tower that is part of a defensive structure (such as a castle)

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

{n: blockhouse} a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire

{n: bridgehead} a defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy

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

{n: cheval-de-frise, chevaux-de-frise} defensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame; used to obstruct cavalry

{n: cornerback} a defensive football player stationed outside the linebackers

{n: crash, smash} the act of colliding with something
"his crash through the window"
"the fullback's smash into the defensive line"

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

{n: defensive, defensive attitude} an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')

{n: defilade} the arrangement of defensive fortifications to protect against enemy fire

{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: error, misplay} (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed

{n: fair catch} (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled

{n: formation} an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
"a defensive formation"
"a formation of planes"

{n: fortification, munition} defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it

{n: fortress, fort} a fortified defensive structure

{n: goalkeeper, goalie, goaltender, netkeeper} the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring

{n: hauberk, byrnie} a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armor

{n: icing, icing the puck} (ice hockey) the act of shooting the puck from within your own defensive area the length of the rink beyond the opponent's goal

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

{n: linebacker, line backer} a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen

{n: linebacker, line backer} the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage

{n: mousetrap, trap play} (American football) a play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then blocked off as the runner goes through the place the lineman vacated

{n: outwork} subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area
"the outworks of the castle"

{n: pikeblenny} tropical American fishes; males are aggressively defensive of their territory

{n: platoon} a group of persons who are engaged in a common activity
"platoons of tourists poured out of the busses"
"the defensive platoon of the football team"

{n: rampart, bulwark, wall} an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
"they stormed the ramparts of the city"
"they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down"

{n: repulsion, standoff} the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand

{n: run, running, running play, running game} (American football) a play in which a player attempts to carry the ball through or past the opposing team
"the defensive line braced to stop the run"
"the coach put great emphasis on running"

{n: safety blitz, linebacker blitzing, blitz} (American football) defensive players try to break through the offensive line

{n: secondary} the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen

{n: stand} a defensive effort
"the army made a final stand at the Rhone"

{n: stronghold, fastness} a strongly fortified defensive structure

{n: switch} a basketball maneuver; two defensive players shift assignments so that each guards the player usually guarded by the other

{v: defend} be on the defensive ; act against an attack
<-> attack

{v: double-team} cover with two defensive players

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