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 (dĭ-fĕns′mən, -măn′)
A team member, as in hockey, who plays a defensive zone or position.
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(dɪˈfɛns mən, -ˌmæn)

n., pl. -men (-mən, -ˌmɛn)
a player assigned to a defensive zone or position.
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