defensive (part of speech: adjective)
defending (part of speech: verb)
defending, replying, buffering, supporting, countering, policing, averting, responding, barring, warding, answering, opposing, backfiring, barricading, sustaining, saving, fending, upholding, rebutting, returning, guarding, safeguarding, protecting, arguing, covering, counterattacking, screening, securing, retorting, resisting, shielding
protecting (part of speech: verb)
- Mr Talboys and I kept ours pointed at them, sheltering ourselves as we could behind the trunks of two trees which stood close together. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
- She tried to bring to mind something she had intended to remember; she even repeated the phrase over to herself, " It was an ugly, ugly thing to have married Molly," but she knew only that he was tenderness and sheltering care and warmth and food and safety. - "The Bent Twig", Dorothy Canfield.
- It is to be doubted whether, through all the vicissitudes of his existence he ever carried into the sheltering ruins a heart more full of cruel pain. - "The Light of Scarthey", Egerton Castle.