What does shelter mean?

Definitions for shelter
ˈʃɛl tərshel·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word shelter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shelternoun

    a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger

  2. shelternoun

    protective covering that provides protection from the weather

  3. protection, shelternoun

    the condition of being protected

    "they were huddled together for protection"; "he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home"

  4. tax shelter, shelternoun

    a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings

  5. shelterverb

    temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons

  6. shelterverb

    provide shelter for

    "After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people"

  7. shelterverb

    invest (money) so that it is not taxable


  1. shelternoun

    A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something

  2. shelternoun

    An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc

  3. shelterverb

    To provide cover

  4. shelterverb

    To take cover

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SHELTERnoun

    Etymology: Of this word the etymology is unknown: Stephen Skinner deduces it from shell, Davies from scyld , a shield, Saxon.

    We hear this fearful tempest sing,
    Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    They wish’d the mountains now might be again
    Thrown on them, as a shelter from his ire. John Milton.

    Heroes of old, when wounded, shelter sought;
    But he who meets all dangers with disdain,
    Ev’n in their face his ship to anchor brought,
    And steeple high stood propt upon the main. Dryden.

    They may learn experience, and avoid a cave as the worst shelter from rain, when they have a lover in company. Dryd.

    The healing plant shall aid,
    From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade. Alexander Pope.

    Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Ps. lxi. 3.

    Low at his foot a spacious plain is plac’d,
    Between the mountain and the stream embrac’d;
    Which shade and shelter from the hill derives,
    While the kind river wealth and beauty gives. John Denham.

  2. To Shelterverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    We besought the deep to shelter us. John Milton.

    Those ruins shelter’d once his sacred head,
    When he from Wor’ster’s fatal battle fled,
    Watch’d by the genius of this royal place. Dryden.

    What endless honour shall you gain,
    To save and shelter Troy’s unhappy train. John Dryden, Æn.

    They sheltered themselves under a rock. George Abbot.

    Comfort thyself with such thoughts, chiefly when all earthly comforts fail thee: then do thou particularly retreat to those considerations, and shelter thyself under them. Francis Atterbury.

    In vain I strove to check my growing flame,
    Or shelter passion under friendship’s name;
    You saw my heart. Matthew Prior.

  3. To Shelterverb

    There the Indian herdsman, shunning heat,
    Shelters in cool. John Milton.

    Then seeks the farthest ooze, the shelt’ring weed,
    The cavern’d bank, his old secure abode. James Thomson.


  1. Shelter

    Shelter is a song by English indie pop band The xx. It is the seventh track on their debut album, xx, and the only track from it that was written and performed without former member Baria Qureshi. The songs lyrics were written by Romy Madley Croft, with the music written by her, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith, and the song being produced by the latter.


  1. shelter

    A shelter is a basic architectural structure or building that provides cover, protection, and refuge from the elements or other potentially harmful situations, such as extreme weather conditions and disaster events. It is designed to provide safety and security, ensuring individuals' physical well-being. It can be temporary or permanent and can take various forms, such as a tent, house, apartment, or even natural formations like caves.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shelternoun

    that which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen

  2. Shelternoun

    one who protects; a guardian; a defender

  3. Shelternoun

    the state of being covered and protected; protection; security

  4. Shelterverb

    to be a shelter for; to provide with a shelter; to cover from injury or annoyance; to shield; to protect

  5. Shelterverb

    to screen or cover from notice; to disguise

  6. Shelterverb

    to betake to cover, or to a safe place; -- used reflexively

  7. Shelterverb

    to take shelter


  1. Shelter

    Shelter is a Hare Krishna Melodic hardcore/Pop punk band formed by Ray Cappo.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shelter

    shel′tėr, n. that which shields or protects: a refuge: a retreat, a harbour: protection.—v.t. to cover or shield: to defend: to conceal.—v.i. to take shelter.—n. Shel′terer.—adjs. Shel′terless; Shel′tery, affording shelter. [Orig. sheltron—A.S. scyld-truma, shield-troop—scyld, shield, truma, troop—trum, firm.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. shelter

    An International Organization for Standardization container outfitted with liveor work-in capability. See also International Organization for Standardization.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. shelter

    In a military sense, that which protects the troops in the field. There are various means resorted to for this purpose. A common arrangement is as follows: A cross-bar is supported by two uprights; against this cross-bar a number of poles are made to lean; on the back of the poles abundance of fir branches are laid horizontally; and lastly, on the back of the fir branches is another set of leaning poles, in order to make all secure by their weight. A cloth of any kind is made use of to give shelter by an arrangement of this kind. The corners of the cloth should be secured by a simple hitch in the rope, and not by a knot. The former is sufficient for all purposes of security, but the latter will jam, and you may have to injure both cloth and string to get it loose again. It is convenient to pin a skewer in the middle of the sides of the cloth, round the ropes.

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  1. shelter

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  2. shelter

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shelter is ranked #104602 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shelter surname appeared 171 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shelter.

    83% or 142 total occurrences were White.
    9.9% or 17 total occurrences were Black.
    7% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shelter' in Nouns Frequency: #2229

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shelter in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shelter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of shelter in a Sentence

  1. Reinhard Rauball:

    Dortmund fans were ready to provide shelter to the Monaco fans that didn't have a place to stay or the financial means, i have a personal example, a friend of mine sent me a text straight away saying he would like to provide shelter for 10 Monaco fans.

  2. Sanita Belgrave:

    If you focus on the storms, you will miss the shelter.

  3. H. L. Mencken:

    A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

  4. Sherif Elsayed-Ali:

    The shortfall in the number of resettlement places for refugees offered by the international community is truly shocking, the complete absence of resettlement pledges from the Gulf is particularly shameful. Linguistic and religious ties should place the Gulf states at the forefront of those offering safe shelter to refugees fleeing persecution and war crimes in Syria.

  5. Nathaniel Fields:

    Pets are members of the family and no one, especially victims of domestic violence, should have to make the impossible decision to leave their pets behind during times of crisis, in working with victims of domestic violence, URI identified a great need for domestic violence shelters that accept animals. As a result, URI developed the only program in New York City, and one of the few nationally, that allows victims of domestic violence and their families to co-shelter with their pets. It is our hope that thePALSprogram will serve as a model for sheltering families with their pets nationwide.

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