I’m having troubles naming a concept. So you know how in football, you can be on offense, or defense? There’s kinda like…two sides there? Well, there might be things that apply only on offense, or defense, or maybe on both offense and defense.

What would you name the property of something that can be pertinent for [“offense”, “defense”, “both”]?

currently the word I’m using is “side”, but its not really a side. home or away would be a side. its a property of the game that flips and switches

only good metaphor I’ve been able to link to it is electricity - you can be positive, or negative, and it can switch. so “polarity.” Or a road, where you're going one direction, or another.

Sorry this is kind of ambiguous, I just have this suspicion there's a word that means this that I don't know.

  • In war these would be called belligerents. – ringo Jun 25 '18 at 23:17
  • "Posture" is often used to refer to ones offensive or defensive persuasion, but the term isn't idiomatic for sports teams. – Hot Licks Jun 25 '18 at 23:21
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    Following your (American) football example, "side" (as in "side of the ball") is used. Different applicatios may use different terms. – Spencer Aug 24 '18 at 23:07

I'm trying to do something similar with a program I'm trying to write; there is an offense and a defense but there are also properties common to both.

In the end, going with a made up word seems to work. "starfence" where star represents an asterisk (which is generally considered to "match anything" in programming regular expressions) and fense representing the common suffix of the two words. "anyfense", "allfense" or 'bothfense" might also work.

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