shield·​ing ˈshēl-diŋ How to pronounce shielding (audio)
plural shieldings
: something that shields or protects
Options include a night-vision camera, under-body blast shielding to help protect against land mines and bombs, as well as radiation detection devices.Chantal Eustace
It sounds impressive, but the only difference between multimedia speakers and plain old loudspeakers is magnetic shielding to protect your monitor.Jonathan Karl Matzkin
especially : a device or screen that protects against harmful radiation
The radioactive metals must be treated behind heavy shielding by remote control … Leon Svirsky
This capsule was sealed in a tungsten wheel the size of a tricycle tire, which was then placed behind thick lead shielding. Radiation emitted through a pinhole in the lead was used to treat patients with localized cancers. Sandra Blakeslee

Examples of shielding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One question patients may have is why X-ray technicians and doctors continue to wear shielding when in the X-ray room. Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 2 Feb. 2024 Perhaps there was a problem with the shielding around the engines to protect them from heating. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 These payloads will test new radiation shielding technologies, green propulsion, and fuel cells in orbit, according to the Indian Space Research Organization. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 5 Jan. 2024 For instance, HPMs could be rendered ineffective by adding a layer of electromagnetic shielding to a drone’s circuity. Jason Sherman, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2023 The radioactive material is sealed inside a capsule, which is in turn sealed inside the camera with protective shielding and other safety features. Rebekah Riess, CNN, 12 Mar. 2023 Gloves in a Bottle is a remarkable shielding lotion that’s ideal for anyone who washes their hands a lot or simply suffers from dry, cracked skin. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2023 Yes, there are lots of hand-wavy ideas about lava tubes and regolith shielding. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 With some simple changes to vehicle design, such as additional protective shielding below batteries—or allowances for minor scratches so long as the battery can be shown to function safely and well—a great deal of the costs associated with EV repair could be eliminated, suggests Lauterwasser. WIRED, 19 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shielding was in 1925

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“Shielding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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