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Meaning of shield by Wiktionary Dictionary

shield


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ʃiːld/
    • Rhymes: -iːld

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English shelde, from Old English scield ( “shield” ), from Proto-Germanic *skelduz ( “shield” ), from Proto-Indo-European *( s )keit-, *( s )keid-, *kheit- ( “shield, cover” ). Cognate with Dutch schild ( “shield” ), German Schild ( “shield” ), Danish skjold ( “shield” ), Icelandic skjöldur ( “shield” ), Latin scūtum ( “shield” ), Irish sciath ( “shield” ), Latgalian škīda ( “shield” ), Lithuanian skydas ( “shield” ) .

    Noun

    shield ( plural: shields )

    1. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body.
    2. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
    3. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
    4. ( botany ) In lichens, a hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci .
    5. ( heraldry ) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms .
    6. ( geology ) A large expanse of exposed stable Precambrian rock .
    7. ( mining ) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses .
    8. A spot resembling, or having the form of a shield .
    9. 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      Bespotted as with shields of red and black .
    10. ( obsolete ) A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield .
    11. ( science fiction ) A field of energy which protects or defends .
    12. ( colloquial, law enforcement ) A police badge
    13. ( transport ) A sign or symbol, usually containing numbers and sometimes letters, identifying a highway route .
    Hyponyms
    • Shield ( 1 ) types: buckler, pavache, pavais, rondache, roundel, tallevas, targe, and target .

    Etymology 2

    From Old English scieldan .

    Verb

    shield ( third-person singular simple present shields present participle shielding, simple past and past participle shielded )

    1. To protect, to defend.
    2. ( electricity ) to protect from the influence of

    Anagrams

    • delish


Explanation of shield by Wordnet Dictionary

shield


    Verb
    1. protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm

    2. hold back a thought or feeling about

    Noun
    1. hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

    2. armor carried on the arm to intercept blows

    3. a protective covering or structure



    Definition of shield by GCIDE Dictionary

    shield


    1. Shield n. [OE. sheld, scheld, AS. scield, scild, sceld, scyld; akin to OS. scild, OFries. skeld, D. & G. schild, OHG. scilt, Icel. skjöldr, Sw. sköld, Dan. skiold, Goth. skildus; of uncertain origin. Cf. Sheldrake.]
      1. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, -- formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body. See Buckler.

      Now put your shields before your hearts and fight,

      With hearts more proof than shields. Shak.

      2. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection. “My council is my shield.” Shak.

      3. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.

      Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Gen. xv. 1.

      4. ( Bot. ) In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.

      5. ( Her. ) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of Escutcheon.

      6. ( Mining & Tunneling ) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.

      7. A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield. “Bespotted as with shields of red and black.” Spenser.

      8. A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      Shield fern ( Bot. ), any fern of the genus Aspidium, in which the fructifications are covered with shield-shaped indusia; -- called also wood fern. See Illust. of Indusium.

    2. Shield v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shielded; p. pr. & vb. n. Shielding.] [AS. scidan, scyldan. See Shield, n.]
      1. To cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury.

      Shouts of applause ran ringing through the field,

      To see the son the vanquished father shield. Dryden.

      A woman's shape doth shield thee. Shak.

      2. To ward off; to keep off or out.

      They brought with them their usual weeds, fit to shield the cold to which they had been inured. Spenser.

      3. To avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory exclamation, forbid! [Obs.]

      God shield that it should so befall. Chaucer.

      God shield I should disturb devotion! Shak.