civil defense

noun

Definition of civil defense

: the system of protective measures and emergency relief activities conducted by civilians in case of hostile attack, sabotage, or natural disaster

Examples of civil defense in a Sentence

She's in training to be part of the local civil defense. the head of civil defense
Recent Examples on the Web There is also no way for the police or civil defense volunteers to enforce mask mandates inside such indoor spaces. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 1 Oct. 2021 An estimated 300 people are missing, said Serge Chery, head of civil defense for the Southern province, which includes Les Cayes. Arkansas Online, 20 Aug. 2021 Haitian civil defense officials raised the earthquake death toll to 1,419 on Monday, with nearly 7,000 injured, as a heavy rains threatened to complicate rescue and aid efforts. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2021 On Monday, as heavy rains threatened floods and mudslides in the region, civil defense officials raised the death toll to more than 1,400 and said nearly 7,000 people had been injured. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi convened an emergency meeting and ordered the suspension and arrest of the health director in Dhi Qar provice, the hospital director and the city’s civil defense chief. Abdulrahman Zeyad And Samya Kullab, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2021 Almost none of the bodies recovered on Friday could be recognized, BSS reported, citing fire service and civil defense director Lieutenant Colonel Zillur Rahman. CNN, 10 July 2021 The federal government, which had helped pay for the city's sirens, required the regular testing, Minneapolis' civil defense director Walter Halstead explained in 1955. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Following an emergency meeting with ministers and top security officials, Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi suspended the hospital director, the head of the regional health department and the province’s head of civil defense. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 13 July 2021

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First Known Use of civil defense

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of civil defense was in 1939

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24 Oct 2021

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“Civil defense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/civil%20defense. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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civil defense

noun

English Language Learners Definition of civil defense

: a group of people who are not part of the military but are trained to protect and help people if an enemy attacks their country or if there is a natural disaster (such as a flood or earthquake)

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