- First Reference: Isaiah 25:2
- Last Reference: Ezekiel 21:20
- Included in Eastons: No
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: No
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: No
- Included in BDB: Yes
An argument made before a court
Acts 4:8-13; Acts 5:23-29
Acts 44:22; Acts 23:1-6; Acts 24:10-21; Acts 26:1-23
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.
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.
DEFENSED, participle passive Fortified.
DEFENSELESS, adjective Being without defense, or without means of repelling assault or injury; applied to a town, it denotes unfortified or ungarrisoned; open to an enemy; applied to a person, it denotes naked; unarmed; unprotected; unprepared to resist attack; weak; unable to oppose; uncovered; unsheltered.
DEFENSELESSNESS, noun The state of being unguarded or unprotected.