Definitions for Shield
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Shield.
a protective covering or structure
armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
carapace, shell, cuticle, shieldverb
hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
harbor, harbour, shieldverb
hold back a thought or feeling about
"She is harboring a grudge against him"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: scyld , Saxon.
Now put your shields before your hearts, and fight
With hearts more proof than shields. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
The terror of the Trojan field,
The Grecian honour, ornament, and shield,
High on a pile th’ unconquer’d chief is plac’d. Dryden.
Etymology: from the noun.
Were’t my fitness to let these hands obey my boiling blood,
They’re apt enough to dislocate and tear
Thy flesh and bones: howe’er
A woman’s shape doth shield thee. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Shouts of applause ran ringing through the field,
To see the son the vanquish’d father shield. Dryden.
Hear one that comes to shield his injur’d honour,
And guard his life with hazard of her own. Smith.
Out of their cold caves and frozen habitations, into the sweet soil of Europe, they brought with them their usual weeds, fit to shield the cold, to which they had been inured. Edmund Spenser.
My lord, I must intreat the time alone.
—— God shield I should disturb devotion. William Shakespeare.
A shield is a piece of personal armour held in the hand, which may or may not be strapped to the wrist or forearm. Shields are used to intercept specific attacks, whether from close-ranged weaponry or projectiles such as arrows, by means of active blocks, as well as to provide passive protection by closing one or more lines of engagement during combat. Shields vary greatly in size and shape, ranging from large panels that protect the user's whole body to small models (such as the buckler) 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 (like the roromaraugi or qauata). Finally, shields vary greatly in shape, ranging in roundness to angularity, proportional length and width, symmetry and edge pattern; different shapes provide more optimal protection for infantry or cavalry, enhance portability, provide secondary uses such as ship protection or as a weapon and so on. In prehistory and during the era of the earliest civilisations, shields were made of wood, animal hide, woven reeds or wicker. In classical antiquity, the Barbarian Invasions and the Middle Ages, they were normally constructed of poplar tree, 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. Depending on time and place, shields could be round, oval, square, rectangular, triangular, bilabial or scalloped. Sometimes they took on the form of kites or flatirons, or had rounded tops on a rectangular base with perhaps an eye-hole, to look through when used with combat. The shield was held by a central grip or by straps with some going over or around the user's arm and one or more being held by the hand. Often shields were decorated with a painted pattern or an animal representation to show their army or clan. These designs developed into systematized heraldic devices during the High Middle Ages for purposes of battlefield identification. Even after the introduction of gunpowder and firearms to the battlefield, shields continued to be used by certain groups. In the 18th century, for example, Scottish Highland fighters liked to wield small shields known as targes, and as late as the 19th century, some non-industrialized peoples (such as Zulu warriors) employed them when waging war. In the 20th and 21st century, shields have been used by military and police units that specialize in anti-terrorist actions, hostage rescue, riot control and siege-breaking.
A shield is a piece of personal armor or protective gear, typically made of a hard material, designed to deflect or absorb impacts, particularly in combat situations. It can be handheld or attached to another object, such as a vehicle or building. It is also used metaphorically to refer to anything that provides protection, security or immunity.
a broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, -- formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body. See Buckler
anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection
figuratively, one who protects or defends
in lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci
the escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of Escutcheon
a framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses
a spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield
a coin, the old French crown, or ecu, having on one side the figure of a shield
to cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury
to ward off; to keep off or out
to avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory exclamation, forbid!
Etymology: [OE. sheld, scheld, AS. scield, scild, sceld, scyld; akin to OS. scild, OFries. skeld, D. & G. schild, OHG. scilt, Icel. skjldr, Sw. skld, Dan. skiold, Goth. skildus; of uncertain origin. Cf. Sheldrake.]
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
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A piece of defensive armor, borne on the left arm, to ward off the strokes of the sword and of missiles. It has been constantly used from ancient times, through the Middle Ages, till the invention of fire-arms. The large shield worn by the Greeks and Romans (clipeus) was circular, and often ornamented with devices. Another form of shield (scutum) was used by the Roman heavy-armed infantry, square, but bent to encircle the body. The early shield or knightly escutcheon of the Middle Ages was circular in outline, and convex, with a boss in the centre; the body generally of wood, and the rim of metal. There were many other kinds of shields, made of leather, wood, basket-work, etc., employed up to the introduction of fire-arms, when they became practically useless, although some savage nations employ shields at the present time.
To cover, as with a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect; to secure from assault or injury.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shield is ranked #21583 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Shield surname appeared 1,209 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shield.
73.2% or 885 total occurrences were White.
17.2% or 208 total occurrences were Black.
3.3% or 40 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
3% or 37 total occurrences were of two or more races.
2.2% or 27 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
0.9% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Shield' in Nouns Frequency: #2206
The numerical value of Shield in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of Shield in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
The great can protect themselves, but the poor and humble require the arm and shield of the law.
We will be using the sword as well as the shield.
It's almost like these electrons are running into a glass wall in space, somewhat like the shields created by force fields on 'Star Trek' that were used to repel alien weapons, we are seeing an invisible shield blocking these electrons. It's an extremely puzzling phenomenon.
When you put on the full armor of God, it’s just like putting on a full set of turnouts, you have a helmet, a shield, a jacket—which is like a breastplate, a pair of pants, boots, you have a shield—which is the shield of faith, your sword—which is the Word of God—is kind of like your pipe puller, your ax.
The Russians love Brooke Shield because her eyebrows remind them of Leonid Brezhnev.
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