De*fend"ant (aant), a. [F.
défendant, p. pr. of défendre. See
Defend.] 1. Serving, or suitable, for
defense; defensive. [Obs.]
With men of courage and with means
2. Making defense.
De*fend"ant, n. 1.
One who defends; a defender.
The rampiers and ditches which the defendants
had cast up. Spotswood.
2. (Law) A person required to make
answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff.
&fist; The term is applied to any party of whom a demand is made
in court, whether the party denies and defends the claim, or admits
it, and suffers a default; also to a party charged with a criminal