Definitions for SHIELDʃild

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a device used as a defense against blows or hurled objects, esp. a broad piece of armor carried on the arm or in the hand.

    Category: Heraldry, Common Vocabulary

  2. a person or thing that guards or defends.

  3. any of various devices or barriers for protection, as from injury.

  4. an escutcheon typically having a broad top and pointed bottom and displaying armorial bearings.

    Category: Heraldry

  5. something shaped like a shield.

  6. a police officer's, detective's, or sheriff's badge.

  7. a bulletproof screen attached to a gun to protect its crew, mechanism, etc.

    Category: Military

  8. a protective plate or the like on the body of an animal, as a scute, enlarged scale, etc.

    Category: Zoology

  9. a pad worn or attached inside the underarm of a garment to protect it against perspiration stains.

    Category: Clothing

  10. a vast area of ancient crustal rocks which, together with a platform, constitutes a craton.

    Category: Geology

  11. a lead or concrete structure around a nuclear reactor serving as a barrier against escaping radiation.

    Category: Energy

  12. (v.t.)to protect with or as if with a shield.

  13. to serve as a protection for.

  14. to hide or conceal; protect by hiding.

  15. Obs. to avert; forbid.

  16. (v.i.)to act or serve as a shield.

Origin of shield:

bef. 900; OE sceld, c. OFris skeld, OHG skilt, ON skjǫldr, Go skildus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. shield(noun)

    a protective covering or structure

  2. shield, buckler(noun)

    armor carried on the arm to intercept blows

  3. carapace, shell, cuticle, shield(verb)

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

  4. shield, screen(verb)

    protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm

  5. harbor, harbour, shield(verb)

    hold back a thought or feeling about

    "She is harboring a grudge against him"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shield(noun)ʃild

    an object held in front of you to protect yourself from attack

    police officers with helmets and shields

  2. shieldʃild

    sth that protects you

    The legal system should be a shield against injustice.; Trees provided a shield against the hot sun.

  3. shield(verb)ʃild

    to protect

    The president's aides shielded him from blame.; She was stabbed as she tried to shield her child.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shield(noun)

    a broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, -- formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body. See Buckler

  2. Shield(noun)

    anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection

  3. Shield(noun)

    figuratively, one who protects or defends

  4. Shield(noun)

    in lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci

  5. Shield(noun)

    the escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of Escutcheon

  6. Shield(noun)

    a framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses

  7. Shield(noun)

    a spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield

  8. Shield(noun)

    a coin, the old French crown, or ecu, having on one side the figure of a shield

  9. Shield(noun)

    to cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury

  10. Shield(noun)

    to ward off; to keep off or out

  11. Shield(noun)

    to avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory exclamation, forbid!


  1. Shield

    A shield is a type of personal armor, meant to intercept attacks, either by stopping projectiles such as arrows or redirecting a hit from a sword, mace, battle axe or similar weapon to the side of the shield-bearer. Shields vary greatly in size, ranging from large panels that protect the user's entire body to small models that were intended for hand-to-hand-combat use. Shields also vary a great deal in thickness; whereas some shields were made of relatively deep, absorbent, wooden planking to protect soldiers from the impact of spears and crossbow bolts, others were thinner and lighter and designed mainly for deflecting blade strikes. In prehistory and during the era of the earliest civilizations, shields were made of wood, animal hide, woven reeds or wicker. In classical antiquity, the Migration Period and the Middle Ages, they were normally constructed of poplar, lime or another split-resistant timber, covered in some instances with a material such as leather or rawhide and often reinforced with a metal boss, rim or banding. They were carried by foot soldiers, knights and cavalry. Shape wise, depending on time and place, shields could be round, oval, square, rectangular, triangular or scalloped. Sometimes they took on the form of kites, flatirons or figures-of-eight, or had rounded tops on a rectangular base with perhaps an eyehole inserted. The shield was held by a central grip or by straps which went over or around the user's arm

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'SHIELD' in Nouns Frequency: #2206

Anagrams of SHIELD

  1. Delish

Translations for SHIELD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a broad piece of metal, wood etc carried as a protection against weapons.

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