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 In Hotan alone, more than a million dollars has been allocated in the past three years to buy surveillance and security equipment for schools, including helmets, shields and spiked batons, according to procurement records. New York Times, "In China’s Crackdown on Muslims, Children Have Not Been Spared," 28 Dec. 2019 The employer did not provide and require employees to use appropriate electrical equipment such as insulating sleeves, face shield and Fire Rated clothing. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Report: Lack of training, preparation found in investigation of on-the-job electrocution," 11 Dec. 2019 The most high-profile geeky presence in that reunion would be David Harbour’s Red Guardian, who in the comics is a cool Russian super-soldier version of Captain America, shield and all. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "‘Black Widow’ trailer gives us a fallen Avenger whose origin story is very much alive," 3 Dec. 2019 Also this week, a New York Police Department detective suspected of leaking the mugshot from Gooding's arrest was stripped of his gun and shield and placed on administrative leave. Michael R. Sisak, chicagotribune.com, "Cuba Gooding Jr. pleads not guilty again as misconduct charges grow," 31 Oct. 2019 The troops wearing helmets and tactical vests and carrying riot shields and long metal rods broke up the caravan Saturday afternoon, according to video posted on Facebook by human rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Mexico blocks caravan, 2 African migrants drown as immigration crackdown intensifies," 18 Oct. 2019 Protesters used umbrellas as shields and threw tear gas canisters back at police. BostonGlobe.com, "Police shoot Hong Kong protester during clash - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019 Protesters used umbrellas as shields and threw tear gas canisters back at police. Author: Eileen Ng, John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong protester shot as China marks its 70th anniversary," 1 Oct. 2019 There are elements of berserker behavior that henbane cannot account for, such as the biting of shields and chattering teeth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Viking berserkers may have used henbane to induce trance-like state," 18 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So are those who possess the intellectual, financial, and social capital to shield themselves from the risks of unemployment, economic ruin, and isolation. Samuel Goldman, National Review, "The Populist Wager," 9 Jan. 2020 But according to Kelly’s former girlfriend Jerhonda Pace, the singer took even more extreme measures to shield himself. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The biggest moments from Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly season 2," 7 Jan. 2020 Other experts were more struck by Iran's ability to shield itself from direct blame after a major attack such as the one on the Saudi oil facilities. Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "How a ‘quantum change’ in missiles has made Iran a far more dangerous foe," 7 Jan. 2020 Even Mitch McConnell won’t be able to shield him from that. BostonGlobe.com, "House Democrats put principle over politics in impeaching Trump - The Boston Globe," 23 Dec. 2019 The zoo said Paddy carries the baby with her while outside, but often shields her from public view by turning her back. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock Zoo welcomes baby gibbon," 16 Dec. 2019 The data in that survey are anonymous, saving the responsible drug companies their blushes and shielding them from pressure to clean up their act. Natasha Gilbert, STAT, "‘Dump it down the drain’: How contaminants from prescription-drug factories pollute waterways," 11 Dec. 2019 Almost immediately after the final gunshots rang out between armed robbers and police shielding themselves behind cars driven by innocent civilians, the questions began. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Did cops in shootout blow it and put lives at risk? Victim’s family demands answers.," 6 Dec. 2019 The prime minister, who wants his allies in the Knesset to shield him from prosecution on corruption charges, is in no position to resist. The Economist, "Unsettling America’s decision to recognise Israeli settlements makes peace less likely," 21 Nov. 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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Time Traveler for shield

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

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shield.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shielded. Accessed 18 January 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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