shield

noun
\ˈshēld \

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

a : apothecium

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

During testing, the cables developed more slack than expected and multiple rips up to four inches long developed in the fabric of the shield. William Harwood, CBS News, "Launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope delayed again as costs rise," 27 June 2018 Moscow denies any involvement in the poisoning, and blames the tensions on NATO's military expansion eastward, and its assembly of a ballistic missile shield with a key site in Romania that was declared combat-ready in 2016. Andrea Shalal, The Christian Science Monitor, "US military may deploy an anti-missile system in Germany," 1 June 2018 Shield The right half of the shield is filled with nods to California, Markle’s home state. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Here’s What Every Detail in Meghan Markle’s New Coat of Arms Means," 25 May 2018 Importantly, this kind of shield was not part of Eagleworks’ original testing apparatus either, which suggests the original findings could also be a consequence of leaking magnetic fields. National Geographic, "NASA's 'Impossible' Space Engine Tested—Here Are the Results," 22 May 2018 The presence of women and children has also had a calming influence — a novelty for Gaza resistance that Israeli officials have likened to the use of human shields. NBC News, "Palestinians prepare for major move at Gaza-Israel fence," 14 May 2018 The slanted wheels are covered, reminiscent of gladiator shields. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Wheelchair Rugby National Championship returns to Phoenix; local team defends title," 20 Apr. 2018 Some are owned by the Himalayas, or by the vast openness of the Canadian shield. Longreads, "The Quest for the Collision Zone: An Arctic Expedition," 12 Mar. 2018 The victim's body could be seen lying on the sidewalk near the store, despite the presence of a shield often used to conceal bodies from public view. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "'Whoever saw something, say something': Family mourns man killed outside Dixon store," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The decision overturned standing law in New York and said that merely passing money through banks does not shield deals from legal attack. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Judge Pushes Settlement Talks in Tribune LBO Court Fight," 10 July 2018 In one — dedicated natural scientists who for more than 100 years collected, preserved and studied the birds, even shielding the skins from bombing during World War II. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "Lit Life: Three true-crime stories that are stranger than fiction," 2 July 2018 Although marketed mainly to drone photography enthusiasts, the company’s trifold sun hoods work great shielding screens in more down-to-earth endeavors. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "This gear makes your world go round, flat, darker and spacier," 2 July 2018 But the mice with minimal lead shielding survived for as long as years after exposure. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Belt That Protects Against Gamma Radiation," 27 June 2018 But the pills do not shield gay men from other STDs. The Economist, "Why STDs are soaring in America," 13 June 2018 But the door didn’t shield them from hearing the events taking place outside, according to their father. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "3 girls hid in their home. Stepdad ‘laughed’ as he killed their mom and sister, Ohio father says | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 But this work will never be enough if schools, teachers and students are not shielded from violence. Moza Bint Nasser, Time, "Why Protecting Education Would Prevent Terrorism," 26 Apr. 2018 But Pearre and Nilson wrote that the executive order does not shield the office from interference by mayors or their senior staff. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "City Council bill would make Baltimore inspector general independent from mayor," 19 Mar. 2018

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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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Phrases Related to shield

human shield

shield against

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shield

noun

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

: 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 \

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 \

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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