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 Somehow, the Democrats had to attract attention and crack the shield of unreality, to be both riveting and solemn, to find a genre that would match the story and get it across to the audience. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "The Search for Pizzazz at the Impeachment Reality Show," 21 Nov. 2019 Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — and touch nothing in the lavatory afterward without the shield of a paper towel. Kerri Westenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Easy way to stay healthy on airplanes," 16 Oct. 2019 In a waterfront summer house in Massachusetts, the shield and horns of a Triceratops skull greet weekend guests in the foyer, and a 17-foot-long mosasaur, a giant lizard of the sea, hangs from the living room ceiling. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "Inside the homes (and minds) of fossil collectors," 25 Sep. 2019 The midfield shield of Biling and Jefferson Lerma was also vital and could be a platform for all their attacking talent. SI.com, "Southampton 1-3 Bournemouth: Report, Ratings & Reaction to Cherries' First Away Win Over Saints," 20 Sep. 2019 Among other radiodonts, the head shield of Cambroraster covers much more of the body than other species, University of Lausanne paleontologist Allison Daley says. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Ocean Predator Resembles a Large and Vicious Horseshoe Crab," 31 July 2019 One of the group's facilitators was attorney Gabriel Zendejas-Chavez, who was able to carry messages to the gang members while operating under the shield of attorney-client privilege, the indictment said. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Feds: Mexican Mafia runs California jails like an "illegal government"," 24 May 2018 From Switzerland to the United States to Britain and the European Union, the shields of secrecy that have protected criminal transactions are beginning to fall like dominoes. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Disclosure in the Caymans: Global walls of financial secrecy are falling," 3 May 2018 With the guards listening, Finn reveals that Phasma was the one who lowered the shields of the Starkiller Base. Matt Miller, Esquire, "This Deleted Scene Reveals Captain Phasma's Fate in Star Wars: The Last Jedi," 8 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Supreme Court is shielding President Trump's financial records from House Democrats for now. CBS News, "Supreme Court stops disclosure of Trump's financial records to Congress for now," 25 Nov. 2019 And officers’ identical badges cannot shield the bad blood that sometimes exists among them. John Eligon, New York Times, "A White Officer Shoots a Black Colleague, Deepening a Racial Divide," 24 Nov. 2019 In the event of a leak, the batteries must be shielded from water at all costs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Introducing Japan's Lithium Ion Battery-Powered Submarine," 14 Nov. 2019 This Obama-era program shields around 700,000 to 800,000 people from deportation. Aviva Rutkin, The Conversation, "DACA argued at the Supreme Court: 6 essential reads," 12 Nov. 2019 Those watery pits are deep, near sandy beaches and reefs, and are shielded from the wider sea, allowing them to take on centuries’ worth of sediment with minimal disruption and interruptions. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "The ghosts of ancient hurricanes live in Caribbean blue holes," 11 Nov. 2019 The actors both starred in the record-breaking Marvel film, but only Evans initially got to read the pivotal scene in which his character, Captain America, passes the torch — err, shield — to Mackie’s Falcon. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Chris Evans accidentally spoiled the Avengers: Endgame ending for Anthony Mackie," 5 Nov. 2019 Lead blocker/fullback Andy Janovich shielded safety Jermaine Whitehead. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Rating the Broncos: Lindsay’s 30-yard touchdown produced by four key blocks," 4 Nov. 2019 Yet only a tiny share of its members’ waters is shielded. The Economist, "Asia’s coral faces a deadly onslaught," 24 Oct. 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

1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Shield.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shielding. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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