shield

noun
\ ˈshēld How to pronounce shield (audio) \

Definition of shield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm
2 : one that protects or defends : defense
4a : a device or part that serves as a protective cover or barrier
b : a protective structure (such as a carapace, scale, or plate) of some animals
5 : escutcheon especially : one that is wide at the top and rounds to a point at the bottom
6 : the Precambrian nuclear mass of a continent that is surrounded and sometimes covered by sedimentary rocks
7 : something resembling a shield: such as
b : a police officer's badge
c : a decorative or identifying emblem

shield

verb
shielded; shielding; shields

Definition of shield (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to protect with or as if with a shield : provide with a protective cover or shelter
b : to cut off from observation : hide
2 obsolete : forbid

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Verb

shielder noun

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Verb

defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack. defend the country protect implies the use of something (such as a covering) as a bar to the admission or impact of what may attack or injure. a hard hat to protect your head shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack. shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger. White House entrances are well guarded safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger. our civil liberties must be safeguarded

Examples of shield in a Sentence

Noun the heat shield on a space shuttle the slightly built boy used his sharp wit as a shield against the school's bullies Verb celebrities who are shielded by a cluster of bodyguards whenever they appear in public she shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Trump tweet and reaction from Twitter came after the president signed an executive order Thursday taking aim at the legal shield that protects social media companies from liability for content posted by users on their platforms. CBS News, ""When the looting starts, the shooting starts": Trump tweet flagged by Twitter for "glorifying violence"," 29 May 2020 The face shields are constructed from car parts and made in Michigan as part of Ford's response to the pandemic crisis. Fox News, "Ford Motor Co. donates thousands of COVID-19 face shields to US military," 26 May 2020 Regular visitors who do turn up will notice some changes in addition to the shield at the front desk, including a slew of hand sanitizer dispensers. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Visitors few but devoted as Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio reopens to members," 21 May 2020 Justin Boutilier, another member of the Wisconsin engineering faculty, is now matching those factories with 270 health care facilities that have requested the shields. Rebecca M. Blank And Peter Mcpherson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: The University of Wisconsin and other public universities are on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus," 12 May 2020 McDonough’s husband, a mechanical engineer with a specialty in medical devices, collaborated on the face shields. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "A luxury leather company is using a post-apocalypse art thesis to survive the pandemic," 8 May 2020 The women emerged onto the field with their training shirts inside out, hiding the U.S. Soccer shield, but leaving visible the four stars representing four World Cup titles. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The U.S. Soccer Team Is Still Fighting for Equal Treatment," 4 May 2020 The option is available with the shield in opaque material or with different degrees of transparency. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Is What Flying Could Look Like Post-Pandemic," 4 May 2020 The company sells the shields in boxes of 25 and cases of 100. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Mobile company’s face shields shipped to multiple states," 19 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Regardless of what charges are brought against Officer Garcia and his partners, how their cases are resolved may remain secret because police disciplinary records are shielded under state law. New York Times, "Charges Recommended Against 3 Officers Involved in Violent N.Y. Arrest," 29 May 2020 In the interview with The Post, Kadlec said deliberations needed to be shielded from foreign spies. Anchorage Daily News, "Before the pandemic, Trump’s stockpile chief put the focus on biodefense. An old client benefited.," 5 May 2020 The aircraft are also shielded from the effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP), a phenomenon in which stray voltage created by a nuclear explosion can short out and otherwise cause nearby electronics to malfunction and fail. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Next-Gen Air Force One Is Already Over Budget," 30 Apr. 2020 California Rural California hoped to be shielded from coronavirus. Los Angeles Times, "In rural California, children face isolation, hunger amid coronavirus school closures," 22 Apr. 2020 Even when quarantined inside their cabin, passengers are not necessarily shielded from infection, says Joacim Rocklöv , an epidemiologist at Umeå University in Sweden. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 20 Apr. 2020 The rover's key feature is the ability to drill down two meters below the Martian surface, a depth at which liquid water is more likely to be found and which would be somewhat shielded from the harsh radiation that bathes the Martian surface. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Coronavirus restrictions the final straw for ESA’s Mars Mission," 12 Mar. 2020 Many investors had bet earlier this year that tech heavyweights would be more shielded from the effects of an economic downturn than other corners of the market. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Tech Stocks Stage Dramatic Reversal Higher," 2 Mar. 2020 The tribe was dismissed as a defendant because it, like state and federal governments, are shielded from lawsuits unless they consent to being sued. Felicia Fonseca, azcentral, "Arizona sets guidelines in tribal sovereign immunity cases," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of shield

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for shield

Noun

Middle English sheld, from Old English scield; akin to Old High German scilt shield and probably to Old English sciell shell

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The first known use of shield was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shield. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for shield

shield

noun
How to pronounce shield (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large piece of metal, wood, etc., carried by someone (such as a soldier or police officer) for protection
: something that defends or protects someone or something
US : a police officer's badge

shield

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shield (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover and protect (someone or something)
: to prevent (someone or something) from being seen

shield

noun
\ ˈshēld How to pronounce shield (audio) \

Kids Definition of shield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a broad piece of armor carried (as by a soldier) for protection
2 : something that serves as a defense or protection the heat shield on a space shuttle

shield

verb
shielded; shielding

Kids Definition of shield (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover or screen (as from danger or harm) : provide with protection Shield your eyes from the glare.

shield

noun
\ ˈshēld How to pronounce shield (audio) \

Medical Definition of shield

: a structure, device, or part that serves as a protective cover or barrier a lead shield to protect against X-rays

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