What does shield mean?

Definitions for shield

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shield.

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"

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!

  12. Origin: [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.]


  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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. shield

    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.

  2. shield

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

Editors Contribution


    S.H.I.E.L.D. is a counterterrorism and intelligence agency formerly run by Nick Fury, currently being rebuilt by Phil Coulson.

    Submitted by rinat on September 15, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce shield?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say shield in sign language?

  1. shield


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shield in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shield in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of shield in a Sentence

  1. First Guerra:

    My alba is my shield.

  2. Rhea Olsen:

    A good friend can shield you from the storm.

  3. Ari Fleischer:

    Humor is both a shield and a sword in politics.

  4. Justin Hansford:

    We will be using the sword as well as the shield.

  5. Unknown, epitaph for a loved one:

    Love is my Sword, Goodness my Armor, And Humor my Shield.

Images & Illustrations of shield

  1. shieldshieldshieldshieldshield

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for shield

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for shield »


Find a translation for the shield definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these shield definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"shield." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 8 Dec. 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/shield>.

Are we missing a good definition for shield? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for shield:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.