face shield

noun

plural face shields
: a protective covering for all or part of the face that is commonly made of clear plastic and is worn especially to prevent injury (as from impact, extreme temperature, or a dangerous substance) or to reduce the spread of transmissible disease
Infectious disease experts and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge people to wear cloth face coverings or plastic face shields in public to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.Nick Coltrain
The headbands are reusable with an interchangeable face shield, which greatly increases their utility versus a single-use disposable design.Edwin B. Smith
… no action was taken by the American Hockey Coaches Association regarding the matter of a three-quarters face shield for college hockey players. Thus, the full face mask requirement will remain in place for next season.John Connolly
If it's really cold, a snowmobile-style helmet with a face shield is your best bet.Tom Kaiser
Wash your hands frequently and use a cloth face shield to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.Howard B. Owens

Examples of face shield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That includes ensuring personal protective gear – such as face shields or goggles, respirator masks, rubber coveralls and boots – are available to workers on farms with infected animals. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, 3 June 2024 Those who must work around infected animals are urged to wear such PPE as a waterproof apron, respirator mask, safety goggles or a face shield, gloves, a head covering and boots or boot covers. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 2024 Despite wearing body armor, helmets and face shields, police officers encountered fierce resistance from demonstrators, some of whom fought back with umbrellas and protected themselves with makeshift shields. Muri Assunção, New York Daily News, 2 May 2024 After a couple of hours, police wearing helmets and face shields formed lines and slowly separated the groups. Stefanie Dazio, Ethan Swope, Jake Offenhartz, and Joseph B. Frederick, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 May 2024 After a couple of hours of scuffles between dueling demonstrators, police wearing helmets and face shields separated the groups and restored calm. Mercury News Staff and Wire Reports, The Mercury News, 1 May 2024 Wearing a green no-contact jersey and a full face shield, Bedard participated in skating, passing and shooting drills at full speed in the team’s Tuesday morning skate. Matt Carlson, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 The two have been printing face shields around the clock out of Lane’s home, or rather, Curth’s car. Mitchel Bobo, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 But before entering the otter’s enclosure, Hazan donned a tinted face shield, a black poncho and a pair of Kevlar gloves - an amorphous outfit meant to obscure the human form and ensure the youngster did not associate people with food. Dino Grandoni and Melina Mara, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face shield was in 1842

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“Face shield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20shield. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

face shield

noun
: a protective covering for all or part of the face that is commonly made of clear plastic and is worn especially to prevent injury (as from impact, extreme temperature, or a dangerous substance) or to reduce the spread of transmissible disease
The use of a full face shield compared with half face shield by intercollegiate ice hockey players significantly reduced the playing time lost because of concussion, suggesting that concussion severity may be reduced by the use of a full face shield.B. W. Benson et al., British Journal of Sports Medicine
… if a medical professional wearing a face shield is exposed to droplets when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes in front of the wearer's face, the large droplets may attach to the face shield's surface, thereby providing protection; however, small droplets may move with the airflow and be drawn in through the space between the wearer's face and the face shield.Fujio Akagi et al., Physics of Fluids
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