[self-di-fens, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈfɛns, ˌsɛlf-/
the act of defending one’s person when physically attacked, as by countering blows or overcoming an assailant:
the art of self-defense.
a claim or plea that the use of force or injuring or killing another was necessary in defending one’s own person from physical attack:
He shot the man who was trying to stab him and pleaded self-defense at the murder trial.
an act or instance of defending or protecting one’s own interests, property, ideas, etc., as by argument or strategy.
verb (used with object), defined, defining. 1. to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.): They disagreed on how to define “liberal.”. 2. to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of; describe: to define judicial functions. 3. to fix or lay down clearly and definitely; specify distinctly: to define […]
adjective 1. decisive; critically important: Taking a course in architecture was a defining turn in her life.
noun 1. the act of degrading. 2. the state of being degraded. 3. Physical Geography. the wearing down of the land by the erosive action of water, wind, or ice. 4. Chemistry. the breakdown of an organic compound. noun 1. the act of degrading or the state of being degraded 2. a state of degeneration, […]
verb (used with object), deified, deifying. 1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; personify as a deity: to deify a beloved king. 2. to adore or regard as a deity: to deify wealth. verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied 1. to exalt to the position of a god or personify […]