What does the word defender mean?

Usage examples for defender

  1. Thus the Defender read, and having read, closed the book and threw it on the ground, saying-" Such is the record, O Mother, sum it up as thou hast been given wisdom." – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  2. Drew skirted that defender, moving toward the barn. – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton