- –n.1. a piece of armor carried on the arm or in the hand to protect the body in battle, used in ancient and medieval warfare.2. anything used to protect: »
He turned up his collar as a shield against the cold wind. A heavy face shield protects a welder's face and eyes from being burned.Figurative. Active French forces in the Allied “shield” in Europe now stand officially at four divisions (New York Times).3. something shaped like a shield.4. a covering for moving parts of machinery.5. a) any substance to protect against exposure to radiation, especially in nuclear reactors, such as lead or water. b) a barrier built out of one of these substances.6. a) a framework pushed ahead in a tunnel to prevent the earth from caving in while the tunnel is being lined. b) a movable framework protecting a miner at his work.7. a steel screen or plate, such as that attached to a cannon or howitzer, to protect something, such as a crew or a mechanism.8. a) a policeman's badge. b) = escutcheon. (Cf. ↑escutcheon)9. a piece of fabric, often rubberized, worn inside a dress at the armpit.10. Zoology. a protective plate covering a part on the body of an animal, such as a scute, or carapace.–v.t.1. to be a shield to; protect; defend; shelter: »
to shield the child from attack by the savage watchdog, to shield a criminal. Her hat shielded her eyes from the sun.Figurative. His mother shielded him from punishment.2. Obsolete. to avert; prevent.–v.i.to act or serve as a shield.╂[Old English sceld, scield]–shield´er, noun.–shield´like´, adjective.
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shield´er — shield «sheeld», noun, verb. –n. 1. a piece of armor carried on the arm or in the hand to protect the body in battle, used in ancient and medieval warfare. 2. anything used to protect: »He turned up his collar as a shield against the cold wind. A … Useful english dictionary
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