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Shield meaning

shield - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. hold back a thought or feeling about; " She is harboring a grudge against him"
  2. 2. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
  3. 3. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
  4. 4. In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
  5. 5. The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of Escutcheon.
  6. 6. A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
  7. 7. A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield.
  8. 8. A coin, the old French crown, or ecu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
  9. 9. To cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury.
  10. 10. To ward off; to keep off or out.
  11. 11. To avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory exclamation, forbid!
  12. 12. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, - formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body. See Buckler.
  13. 13. Piece of defensive armor borne on the left arm; defence; escutcheon.

shield - examples of usage

  1. The officer lifted his club, and the old man threw his left arm up to shield his head. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. And thou wert the curtiest knight that ever bare shield. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. Do you find in another, one to whose well- being you can devote your life; one to whom you can confide the deepest interests of your mind and heart; one whose principles and purposes you can appreciate and respect: one in whose image you wish your children to be born, and on the model of whose character you wish their characters to be formed; one whose love will be the best part of whatever prosperity, and the sufficient shield against whatever adversity may be your common lot? - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
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