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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Other Words from shield

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

Gigi already took the new collection to Fashion Week, stepping out wearing the '90s-style 'Lafayette' cat-eyes in Paris and the mirrored G-Vision visor shields in Milan. Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid x Vogue Eyewear Launch Is Making Me Love Visor Shields Again," 12 Mar. 2019 To cap it all off, the reality TV star threw on a futuristic pair of shield-like sunglasses, leaning into the Yeezy Barbie aesthetic. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Is Bringing Back This OTT Boot Trend," 29 Apr. 2019 Judging by this shield and sword combo, Badu is clearly in warrior mode at the start of 2019. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "No, Erykah Badu’s Latest Headwear Isn’t a Huge Hat—It’s an Extreme Pair of Glasses," 11 Jan. 2019 Blackout also adds quite a few features from the main multiplayer mode, including mechanical grappling hooks, deployable shields, and RC cars for remote scouting. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Black Ops 4 merges Fortnite and PUBG into the best Call of Duty in years," 19 Oct. 2018 Certain items used as weapons last year are also banned, including: sticks, shields and open flames. Fox News, "Charlottesville, DC prepare for anniversary of violent rally," 9 Aug. 2018 In response, Russia is drumming up a whole host of new nuclear weapons to get around a missile shield. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Tests Yet Another Hypersonic Weapon," 27 Dec. 2018 Formulated with hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids, this cream moisturizes while forming a protective shield on skin to lock in all the moisture. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Dermstore’s Massive Labor Day Beauty Sale Has Already Started — Here’s What to Shop," 28 Aug. 2018 There would be more consequences for Edwards because of his nomadic college career, but the sports bubble provided an impenetrable shield. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "For ASU's Herm Edwards, sports bubble helped to overcome racism growing up," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Before wearing your shoes for the first time, spray suede (real or faux) with a product like Kiwi Suede Protector, to help shield them from dirt and water stains. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Clean and Protect Suede Shoes," 16 May 2019 If the Russian military fired accurately on the U.S. Army vehicles, then the U.S. Army vehicles would be hit by potentially lethal rounds without APS to shield them. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "'Force field' technology could make US tanks unstoppable," 3 Aug. 2018 During the shooting, Waring, the bride’s father dove in front of her to shield her, Walker says. Wendy Grossman Kantor, PEOPLE.com, "Pa. Father Saves Lives of Pregnant Daughter, Unborn Twins by Shielding Her From Gunfire on Her Wedding Night," 25 May 2018 In the face of such exploitative forces, Americans have historically asked government to shield them. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "It’s Time to Regulate the Internet," 21 Mar. 2018 Five of the officers used Long's house to shield themselves from the gunman. Glenn E. Rice And Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Neighbors recall horrifying gun battle where Clinton Officer Ryan Morton was killed | The Kansas City Star," 7 Mar. 2018 Government isn’t ready to shield us, Weinberg says: Congress allowed the old prohibition against your Internet service provider selling your browser history to expire last year. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "DuckDuckGo's Gabe Weinberg on how big Internet firms trample our privacy online," 6 Mar. 2018 As legend has it, Lady Godiva rode through the streets of eleventh-century Coventry with only her flowing mane to shield her in an exhibitionist bid to lower taxes. Emily Spivak, Vogue, "How Extra-Long Hair Became This Season’s Most Subversive Style," 16 May 2019 High-voltage electricians wear protective clothing to shield them from the explosive power of a high-voltage arc flash—a high-energy spark that jumps through the air from one conductor to another. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019

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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
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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