Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 717 (Defense -- N)

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#717. Defense -- N. defense, protection, guard, ward; shielding &c.v.; propugnation|, preservation &c. 670; guardianship.

area defense; site defense.

self-defense, self-preservation; resistance &c. 719.

safeguard &c. (safety) 664; balistraria[obs]; bunker, screen &c. (shelter) 666; camouflage &c. (concealment) 530; fortification; munition, muniment[obs]; trench, foxhole; bulwark, fosse[obs], moat, ditch, entrenchment, intrenchment[obs]; kila[obs]; dike, dyke; parapet, sunk fence, embankment, mound, mole, bank, sandbag, revetment; earth work, field-work; fence, wall dead wall, contravallation[obs]; paling &c. (inclosure) 232; palisade, haha, stockade, stoccado[obs], laager[obs], sangar[obs]; barrier, barricade; boom; portcullis, chevaux de frise[Fr]; abatis, abattis[obs], abbatis[obs]; vallum[obs], circumvallation[obs], battlement, rampart, scarp; escarp[obs], counter-scarp; glacis, casemate[obs]; vallation[obs], vanfos[obs].

buttress, abutment; shore &c. (support) 215.

breastwork, banquette, curtain, mantlet[obs], bastion, redan[obs], ravelin[obs]; vauntmure[obs]; advance work, horn work, outwork; barbacan[obs], barbican; redoubt; fort-elage[Fr], fort-alice; lines.

loophole, machicolation[obs]; sally port.

hold, stronghold, fastness; asylum &c. (refuge) 666; keep, donjon, dungeon, fortress, citadel, capitol, castle; tower of strength, tower of strength; fort, barracoon[obs], pah[obs], sconce, martello tower[obs], peelhouse[obs], blockhouse, rath[obs]; wooden walls.

[body armor] bulletproof vest, armored vest, buffer, corner stone, fender, apron, mask, gauntlet, thimble, carapace, armor, shield, buckler, aegis, breastplate, backplate[obs], cowcatcher, face guard, scutum[obs], cuirass, habergeon[obs], mail, coat of mail, brigandine[obs], hauberk, lorication[obs], helmet, helm, bassinet, salade[obs], heaume[obs], morion[obs], murrion[obs], armet[obs], cabaset[obs], vizor[obs], casquetel[obs], siege cap, headpiece, casque, pickelhaube, vambrace[obs], shako &c. (dress) 225.

bearskin; panoply; truncheon &c. (weapon) 727.

garrison, picket, piquet; defender, protector; guardian &c. (safety) 664; bodyguard, champion; knight-errant, Paladin; propugner[obs].

bulletproof window.

hardened site.

V. defend, forfend, fend; shield, screen, shroud; engarrison[obs]; fend round &c. (circumscribe) 229; fence, entrench, intrench[obs]; guard &c. (keep safe) 664; guard against; take care of &c. (vigilance) 459; bear harmless; fend off, keep off, ward off, beat off, beat back; hinder &c. 706.

parry, repel, propugn[obs], put to flight; give a warm reception to [ironical]; hold at bay, keep at bay, keep arm's length.

stand on the defensive, act on the defensive; show fight; maintain one;s ground, stand one's ground; stand by; hold one's own; bear the brunt, stand the brunt; fall back upon, hold, stand in the gap.

Adj. defending &c.v.; defensive; mural|!; armed, armed at all points, armed cap-a-pie, armed to the teeth; panoplied[obs]; iron-plated, ironclad; loopholed, castellated, machicolated[obs], casemated[obs]; defended &c.v.; proof against.

armored, ballproof|!, bulletproof; hardened.

Adv. defensively; on the defense, on the defensive; in defense; at bay, pro aris et focis[obs][Lat].

Int. no surrender!

Phr. defense not defiance; Dieu defend le droit [Fr]; fidei defensor [Lat: defender of the faith].