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DEFENSE, n.

1. Any thing that opposes attack, violence, danger or injury; any thing that secures the person, the rights or the possessions of men; fortification; guard; protection; security. A wall, a parapet, a ditch, or a garrison, is the defense of a city or fortress. The Almighty is the defense of the righteous. Ps. 1ix.

2. Vindication; justification; apology; that which repels or disproves a charge or accusation.

Men, brethren, fathers, hear ye my defense. Acts xxii.

3. In law, the defendants reply to the plaintiffs declaration, demands or charges.

4. Prohibition.

5. Resistance; opposition.

6. The science of defending against enemies; military skill.

7. In fortification, a work that flanks another.

DEFENSE, v.t. To defend by fortification.




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DEFENSE, n.

1. Any thing that opposes attack, violence, danger or injury; any thing that secures the person, the rights or the possessions of men; fortification; guard; protection; security. A wall, a parapet, a ditch, or a garrison, is the defense of a city or fortress. The Almighty is the defense of the righteous. Ps. 1ix.

2. Vindication; justification; apology; that which repels or disproves a charge or accusation.

Men, brethren, fathers, hear ye my defense. Acts xxii.

3. In law, the defendants reply to the plaintiffs declaration, demands or charges.

4. Prohibition.

5. Resistance; opposition.

6. The science of defending against enemies; military skill.

7. In fortification, a work that flanks another.

DEFENSE, v.t. To defend by fortification.


DE-FENSE', n. [defens'; L. defensio.]

  1. Any thing that opposes attack, violence, danger, or injury; any thing that secures the person, the rights or the possessions of men; fortification; guard; protection; security. A wall, a parapet, a ditch, or a garrison, is the defense of a city or fortress. The Almighty is the defense of the righteous. – Ps. lix.
  2. Vindication; justification; apology; that which repels or disproves a charge or accusation. Men, brethren, fathers, hear ye my defense. – Acts xxii.
  3. In law, the defendant's reply to the plaintif's declaration, demands, or charges.
  4. Prohibition. [Obs.] – Temple.
  5. Resistance; opposition. – Shak.
  6. The science of defending against enemies; military skill.
  7. In fortification, a work that flanks another.

DE-FENSE', v.t. [defens'.]

To defend by fortification. [Obs.] – Fairfax.


De*fense"
  1. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.

    In cases of defense 't is best to weigh
    The enemy more mighty than he seems.
    Shak.

  2. To furnish with defenses; to fortify.

    [Obs.] [Written also defence.]

    Better manned and more strongly defensed. Hales.

  3. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.

    War would arise in defense of the right. Tennyson.

    God, the widow's champion and defense. Shak.

  4. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.

    Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense. Acts xxii. 1.

  5. The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.
  6. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.

    A man of great defense. Spenser.

    By how much defense is better than no skill. Shak.

  7. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.

    [Obs.]

    Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth. Sir W. Temple.

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Defense

DEFENSE, noun

1. Any thing that opposes attack, violence, danger or injury; any thing that secures the person, the rights or the possessions of men; fortification; guard; protection; security. A wall, a parapet, a ditch, or a garrison, is the defense of a city or fortress. The Almighty is the defense of the righteous. Psalms 59:16.

2. Vindication; justification; apology; that which repels or disproves a charge or accusation.

Men, brethren, fathers, hear ye my defense Acts 22:1.

3. In law, the defendants reply to the plaintiffs declaration, demands or charges.

4. Prohibition.

5. Resistance; opposition.

6. The science of defending against enemies; military skill.

7. In fortification, a work that flanks another.

DEFENSE, verb transitive To defend by fortification.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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REG'ISTER, n. [Low L. registrum, from regero, to set down in writing; re and gero, to carry.]

1. A written account or entry of acts, judgments or proceedings, for preserving and conveying to future times an exact knowledge of transactions. The word appropriately denotes an official account of the proceedings of a public body, a prince, a legislature, a court an incorporated company and the like, and in this use it is synonymous with record. But in a lax sense, it signifies any account entered on paper to preserve the remembrance of what is done.

2. The book in which a register or record is kept, as a parish register; also, a list, as the register of seamen.

3. [Low L. registrarius.] The officer or person whose business is to write or enter in a book accounts of transactions, particularly of the acts and proceedings of courts or other public bodies; as the register of a court of probate; a register of deeds.

4. In chimistry and the arts, an aperture with a lid, stopper or sliding plate, in a furnace.

stove, &c. for regulating the admission of air and the heat of the fire.

5. The inner part of the mold in which types are cast.

6. In printing, the correspondence of columns on the opposite sides of the sheet.

7. A sliding piece of wood, used as a stop in an organ.

Parish register, a book in which are recorded the baptisms of children and the marriages and burials of the parish.

Register ship, a ship which obtains permission to trade to the Spanish West Indies and is registered before sailing.

REG'ISTER, v.t.

1. To record; to write in a book for preserving an exact account of facts and proceedings. The Greeks and Romans registered the names of all children born.

2. To enroll; to enter in a list.

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