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by Jonathon Green
active defence n [Military] the use of weapons systems to defeat enemy troops; this is used with the implication that the first hostile attack will have come from the enemy active element 1. n [ Electronics] any element a tube, transistor or any complete device - that is in use or 'live'.
Encyclopaedia Britannica (1860)
Or, Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature
" “ Active defence is the best that can be adopted. Active operations may require to be aided by fortresses. The defence on the flanks ought to be combined with the defence on the front. The combination of the two kinds of defence, which is the best system to be adopted, requires that the capital, which is the focus of the national power, and the main object of attack, ...
A Military Dictionary, or explanation of the several systems of discipline of different kinds of troops, ... the principles of fortification, and all the modern improvements in the science of tactics, etc (1810)
Active DEFENCE, generally considered, means every species of offensive operation which is resorted to by the besieged, to annoy the besiegers. Such for instance, is the discharge of heavy ordnance from the walls, the emission of shells, and the firing of musquetry. A mass of water may likewise be understood to mean active defence, provided it can be increased according to the exigency of the service, and be suddenly made to overflow the outworks, ...
by Peter Connolly, John Gillingham, John Lazenby
Although Bilimer's troops conducted an active defence, Ricimer's men succeeded in breaking through into the city, which they then plundered. Anthemius was captured and beheaded.
by Friedrich Wilhelm STREIT (Major.)
Die angreifende Verdigung, active Defence. Die pasfive Verth, passive Def. Die Verth. aus der Ferne, distant Def. Die unterirrdische Verth, subteraneous Def. Die Fluß-Verth, Def. of rivers. Die Verth, einer Festung, Def. of a fortified place. Vertheidigungskunft, die; Defensive-fortification. Vertheidigungslinie; Line of defence. Vertheilung, die; Distribution; der Lebensmittel, of subsistences. Vertiefen; to ...
A Corrupt Tree: An Encyclopaedia of Crimes committed by the Church of Rome against Humanity and the Human Spirit (2014)
Revelation and revealed – Revelation is an aspect of the Church's faith, the active defence of which features prominently throughout its history. The Catholic Encyclopedia records that: Revelation may be defined as the communication of some truth by God to a rational creature through means which are beyond the ordinary course of nature.
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