shield

noun
\ ˈshēld How to pronounce shield (audio) \
plural shields

Definition of shield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm
2 : something or someone that protects or defends : defense A healthy lifestyle may act as a shield against preventable diseases.
3a : a device or part that serves as a protective cover or barrier Infectious disease experts and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge people to wear cloth face coverings or plastic face shields in public to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.— Nick Coltrain — see also dress shield, heat shield, windshield
b : a protective structure (such as a carapace, scale, or plate) of some animals
4 : escutcheon especially : one that is wide at the top and rounds to a point at the bottom
5 : 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 All working staff will be required to wear a face covering and/or a face shield. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Alabama football fan guide to Tide’s home game vs. Kentucky," 20 Nov. 2020 Crafted from ultra-warm yarn, the roomy beanie has a super soft, plush interior lining creating a thick, wind-repelling shield for your head. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The warmest workout gear to keep you active this winter," 16 Nov. 2020 But Earth’s thick atmosphere and magnetic bubble shield our planet from much incoming radiation, making these streaks of luminescence scarce. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "One of Jupiter's icy moons may glow in the dark," 9 Nov. 2020 The legal shield, passed in the 1996, has played a key role in the growth of Silicon Valley. David Mccabe, New York Times, "Trump Allies Amp Up Fight Over Tech’s Legal Shield Before Election," 27 Oct. 2020 Specifically, its elytra — the blades that open and close on the wings of aerial beetles — have fused together to act as a solid shield for the beetle, which can't fly. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Meet the diabolical ironclad beetle, which can survive being run over by a car," 22 Oct. 2020 Now, all interaction is behind the barrier or from under his face shield. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "Santa’s got a plastic shield, but holidays are under way in a pandemic at Icon Park," 11 Nov. 2020 All working staff will be required to wear a face covering and/or a face shield. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Alabama fan guide to Tide’s home game vs. Georgia," 16 Oct. 2020 Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid needed a defogger for his face shield in the season opener, yet Patrick Mahomes and Co. managed to adapt. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: If 4-year-olds can wear masks, so can Jon Gruden, Sean Payton and other NFL coaches," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Grampus, 31, also led the music industry’s fight against New York State law Section 50-A, repealed in June, which allowed law enforcement to shield police-misconduct records from the public. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2020 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players — In A Year of Activism," 12 Nov. 2020 There is hope in Turkey and elsewhere that the departures of Mr Albayrak and Mr Uysal may signal a return to more orthodox financial and monetary policy, which could shield the lira from further pressure and the fallout from the American elections. The Economist, "Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s finance minister—and son-in-law—quits," 9 Nov. 2020 Sweeney's mother attempted to shield his body and begged the suspects not to shoot her son, but he was killed. Paul Best, Fox News, "US marshals arrest 17-year-old in Ohio robbery and shooting that left 4-year-old dead," 7 Nov. 2020 The extra aid seeks to shield companies and families in the highest-risk areas. Tommaso Ebhardt, Bloomberg.com, "Italy Backs Relief Package Giving Lockdown Aid to Businesses," 6 Nov. 2020 The family home is ill-lit, ill-omened, and panelled in dark wood, with shadows deep enough to harbor the eavesdropper or to shield the fearful. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Discoveries and Awakenings in “Ammonite”," 6 Nov. 2020 Still, the state’s ability to shield homeowners from the consequences of climate change is limited. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "California Bars Insurers From Dropping Policies in Wildfire Areas," 5 Nov. 2020 It’s not unreasonable to expect a party who wishes to shield that information from the public to come up with some justification. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Public school can’t seal sexual harassment suit," 3 Nov. 2020 Chicago police, who said they were not involved or asked to assist, have in the past decried the use of umbrellas by protesters to shield from police view protesters who are planning or carrying out attacks on officers. Washington Post, "Four parents in Sarasota, Fla., sue school board over mask mandate," 2 Nov. 2020

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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

26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shield. Accessed 28 Nov. 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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