So again, you want to selectively target definitions. Okay, fine.
In many team sports, defense or defence (see spelling differences) is the action of preventing an opponent from scoring. Similarly, a defense player is a player who is generally charged with preventing the other team's forwards from being able to bear down directly on their own team's goalkeeper. Such intention exist in association football, ice hockey, water polo and many other sports.
So defense can mean preventing.
Also from Wikipedia:
Since this role often requires them to suffer large amounts of damage, they rely on large amounts of vitality or armor, or alternatively evasiveness and misdirection.
"Tanking" occurs when the unit is intended to be the one taking damage (typically by being dangerous or detrimental, or using a game mechanic that forces it to be targeted), and secondly, to ensure that they can survive this damage through sheer health points or mitigation.
So defense can mean evading or mitigating damage.
Again from Wikipedia
Being aware of and avoiding potentially dangerous situations is an emphasis of self-defense. Attackers are typically larger, stronger, and are often armed or have an accomplice. These factors make fighting to defeat the attacker unlikely to succeed. When avoidance is impossible, one often has a better chance at fighting to escape, such methods maybe referred to as 'break away' techniques.
So defense can mean not beign IN DANGER in the first place or being able to more easily escape from it.
Verbal Self Defense aka 'Verbal Judo' is defined as using one's words to prevent, de-escalate, or end an attempted assault.
So defense can also
mean being able to stop a hostile encounter from ever happening in the first place.
Do you see the problem here?
edited 26th Sep '12 8:34:51 AM by KingZeal