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

My Disney Princess Results When everything was done and the silicone shields were peeled off my lids, I was given a hand mirror for the big reveal. Sable Yong, Allure, "I Got a Lash Lift — Which Is Basically a Perm For Your Eyelashes," 23 July 2018 Underneath the shield, the instruments will scarcely feel the sun's heat. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Sun-Studying Parker Space Probe Won't Melt," 20 July 2018 Lynch wanted to find out what the gold medallion that had adorned the shield looked like. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale American Legion restoring statue with new medallion, nearly 90 years after original was stolen," 10 July 2018 Folded up for launch, the five-layer sun shield is required to produce the ultra-low temperatures -- 50 degrees above absolute zero -- that Webb's sensitive optics and instruments require to capture faint infrared emissions. William Harwood, CBS News, "Launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope delayed again as costs rise," 27 June 2018 This in mind, the rain shield does tend to work toward us later tonight and into the morning. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Rain odds increase through the night, and it could be rather wet on Friday," 21 June 2018 The Iron Dome anti-missile shield intercepted seven rockets, officials said. NBC News, "Israel hits Hamas positions in Gaza after militants fire rockets," 20 June 2018 Plans to strengthen the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s security shield to protect its computer network were going forward in the wake of a seven-hour penetration by a hacker that had been discovered a month after the incident took place. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Local woman sews up trip to New York City in 1958 Singer contest," 18 June 2018 The shields are a natural extension of that and have added benefits of UVA / UVB protection plus a flattering uplifting effect for the face! Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "It Looks Like Kanye West Is Letting Kim Kardashian Wear Big Sunglasses Again," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

None of this shields GM from Ford or other auto companies going after some of GM's talent, especially now that Ford will likely offer cool office digs in a hip part of town, some talent recruitment experts said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "In auto talent war, GM hires 9,000, spends $1 billion on offices," 14 June 2018 The ground is cooperative that day-- soft and moist-- and a cluster of clouds shields the sun. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Over 10,000 days of life spent digging graves for New Orleans' dead," 29 May 2018 Some held handmade signs in one hand and shielded their eyes from the glare of the rising sun with the other. Shelby Webb, San Antonio Express-News, "Santa Fe High School students face ‘heart-wrenching’ experience as they return to classes 11 days after mass shooting," 29 May 2018 What sets Timbs’s case apart is his legal argument: that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines should shield his property from confiscation at the state level. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Will the Supreme Court Rein in Civil Forfeiture?," 17 Apr. 2018 Most network traffic to Google services — 94 percent as of Oct. 27 — is encrypted, which shields it from prying eyes even if diverted. Frank Bajak, The Seattle Times, "Nigerian ISP’s configuration error disrupted Google services," 14 Nov. 2018 The immunization takes about two weeks to kick in fully and start shielding you from flu viruses. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No, The Flu Shot Won't Give You the Flu — But Here’s Why You Might Feel Sick Afterwards," 19 Oct. 2018 Putting them on is like a safety blanket, shielding me from gender dysphoria. Chella Man, Teen Vogue, "What It’s Like to Be Trans and Live With Gender Dysphoria," 21 Sep. 2018 Most of these are beach moments, as in the case of Laura Love, who sported a brown bikini and shielded herself from the sun in a wide-brim hat while visiting Mexico. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How to Dress Like a Model on Vacation, From Bella Hadid to Emily Ratajkowski," 23 July 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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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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