What does defense mean?

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  1. The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.
  2. Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
    1. (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
    2. (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
  3. An argument in support or justification of something.
  4. (government, military) Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.
  5. (obsolete) A prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
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The run defense was stout, and the team pressured quarterbacks despite problems at defensive end.
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Zealously denying the accusations, Richard waxed eloquent in his own defense.
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Using his absorption with the computer as my defense, I declined to plug in.

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