defence noun (PROTECTION)
The war has ended but government spending on defence (= the country's armed forces) is still increasing.
- Whenever anyone criticizes her husband, she immediately jumps to his defence.
- The team has a strong attack, but its defence is weak.
- They put up a sturdy defence of their proposal.
- Huge sums of money are spent on national defence.
- They have been strengthening their border defences in preparation for war.