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Defense vs. Attack

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Defensenoun

The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.

Attacknoun

An attempt to cause damage, injury to, or death of opponent or enemy.

Defensenoun

Anything employed to oppose attack(s).

Attacknoun

An attempt to detract from the worth or credibility of, a person, position, idea, object, or thing, by physical, verbal, emotional, or other assault.

‘They claimed the censorship of the article was an attack on free speech.’;

Defensenoun

A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.

Attacknoun

A time in which one attacks; the offence of a battle.

‘The army timed their attack to coincide with the local celebrations.’;

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Defensenoun

The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.

Attacknoun

The beginning of active operations on anything.

‘Having washed the plates from dinner, I made an attack on the laundry.’;

Defensenoun

An argument in support or justification of something.

Attacknoun

(computing) An attempt to exploit a vulnerability in a computer system.

‘birthday attack; denial-of-service attack’;

Defensenoun

Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.

‘Department of Defense’;

Attacknoun

(cricket) Collectively, the bowlers of a cricket side.

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Defensenoun

(obsolete) A prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.

Attacknoun

(volleyball) Any contact with the ball other than a serve or block which sends the ball across the plane of the net.

Defensenoun

The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.

‘In cases of defense 't is best to weighThe enemy more mighty than he seems.’;

Attacknoun

(lacrosse) The three attackmen on the field or all the attackmen of a team.

Defensenoun

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.’; ‘God, the widow's champion and defense.’;

Attacknoun

(medicine) The sudden onset of a disease or condition.

‘I've had an attack of the flu.’;

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Defensenoun

Protecting plea; vindication; justification.

‘Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense.’;

Attacknoun

An active episode of a chronic or recurrent disease.

Defensenoun

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.

Attacknoun

(music) The onset of a musical note, particularly with respect to the strength (and duration) of that onset.

Defensenoun

Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.

‘A man of great defense.’; ‘By how much defense is better than no skill.’;

Attacknoun

(audio) The amount of time it takes for the volume of an audio signal to go from zero to maximum level (e.g. an audio waveform representing a snare drum hit would feature a very fast attack, whereas that of a wave washing to shore would feature a slow attack).

Defensenoun

Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.

‘Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth.’;

Attackverb

(transitive) To apply violent force to someone or something.

‘This species of snake will only attack humans if it feels threatened.’;

Defenseverb

To furnish with defenses; to fortify.

‘Better manned and more strongly defensed.’;

Attackverb

(transitive) To aggressively challenge a person, idea, etc., with words (particularly in newspaper headlines, because it typesets into less space than "criticize" or similar).

‘She published an article attacking the recent pay cuts.’;

Defensenoun

(sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring;

‘his teams are always good on defense’;

Attackverb

(transitive) To begin to affect; to act upon injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.

Defensenoun

military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies;

‘they died in the defense of Stalingrad’; ‘they were developed for the defense program’;

Attackverb

(transitive) To deal with something in a direct way; to set to work upon.

‘We’ll have dinner before we attack the biology homework.’; ‘I attacked the meal with a hearty appetite.’;

Defensenoun

the defendant and his legal advisors collectively;

‘the defense called for a mistrial’;

Attackverb

To aim balls at the batsman’s wicket.

Defensenoun

protection from harm;

‘sanitation is the best defense against disease’;

Attackverb

To set a field, or bowl in a manner designed to get wickets.

Defensenoun

a structure used for defense;

‘the artillery battered down the defenses’;

Attackverb

To bat aggressively, so as to score runs quickly.

Defensenoun

the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions;

‘his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive’; ‘in defense he said the other man started it’;

Attackverb

(soccer) To move forward in an active attempt to score a point, as opposed to trying not to concede.

Defensenoun

the justification for some act or belief;

‘he offered a persuasive defense of the theory’;

Attackverb

(cycling) To accelerate quickly in an attempt to get ahead of the other riders.

Defensenoun

a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him;

‘he gave evidence for the defense’;

Attackverb

To fall upon with force; to assail, as with force and arms; to assault.

Defensenoun

an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack;

‘he joined the defense against invasion’;

Attackverb

To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet.

Defensenoun

the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947

Attackverb

To set to work upon, as upon a task or problem, or some object of labor or investigation.

Defensenoun

(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

Attackverb

To begin to affect; to begin to act upon, injuriously or destructively; to begin to decompose or waste.

‘On the fourth of March he was attacked by fever.’; ‘Hydrofluoric acid . . . attacks the glass.’;

Attackverb

To make an onset or attack.

Attacknoun

The act of attacking, or falling on with force or violence; an onset; an assault; - opposed to defense.

Attacknoun

An assault upon one's feelings or reputation with unfriendly or bitter words.

Attacknoun

A setting to work upon some task, etc.

Attacknoun

An access of disease; a fit of sickness.

Attacknoun

The beginning of corrosive, decomposing, or destructive action, by a chemical agent.

Attacknoun

(military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons);

‘the attack began at dawn’;

Attacknoun

a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition;

‘an attack of diarrhea’;

Attacknoun

intense adverse criticism;

‘Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party’; ‘the government has come under attack’; ‘don't give me any flak’;

Attacknoun

the act of attacking;

‘attacks on women increased last year’; ‘they made an attempt on his life’;

Attacknoun

an offensive move in a sport or game;

‘they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning’;

Attacknoun

the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent);

‘the film was sensitive to attack by acids’; ‘open to attack by the elements’;

Attacknoun

ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation;

‘his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons’; ‘an attack on inflation’; ‘his plan of attack was misguided’;

Attacknoun

a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase

Attacknoun

strong criticism;

‘he published an unexpected attack on my work’;

Attackverb

launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with;

‘Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II’; ‘Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week’;

Attackverb

attack in speech or writing;

‘The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker’;

Attackverb

take the initiative and go on the offensive;

‘The Serbs attacked the village at night’; ‘The visiting team started to attack’;

Attackverb

attack someone physically or emotionally;

‘The mugger assaulted the woman’; ‘Nightmares assailed him regularly’;

Attackverb

set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task;

‘I attacked the problem as soon as I got out of bed’;

Attackverb

begin to injure;

‘The cancer cells are attacking his liver’; ‘Rust is attacking the metal’;

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