What does shield mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shieldnoun

    a protective covering or structure

  2. shield, bucklernoun

    armor carried on the arm to intercept blows

  3. carapace, shell, cuticle, shieldverb

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

  4. shield, screenverb

    protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm

  5. harbor, harbour, shieldverb

    hold back a thought or feeling about

    "She is harboring a grudge against him"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shieldnoun

    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. Shieldnoun

    anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection

  3. Shieldnoun

    figuratively, one who protects or defends

  4. Shieldnoun

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

  5. Shieldnoun

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

  6. Shieldnoun

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

  7. Shieldnoun

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

  8. Shieldnoun

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

  9. Shieldnoun

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

  10. Shieldnoun

    to ward off; to keep off or out

  11. Shieldnoun

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

  12. 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.]


  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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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. Andrew Brown:

    Just because you wear a badge, shield or star doesn't give you the right to kill, and if you kill doesn't give you the right to be free while a clear killing is on video.

  2. Robin Williams:

    The Russians love Brooke Shield because her eyebrows remind them of Leonid Brezhnev.

  3. Richard Blumenthal:

    The world deserves an explanation, not from the Saudis, who evidently are making every effort to insulate and shield Crown Prince, but from an international inquiry.

  4. Nicola Fox:

    We've been inside the orbit of Mercury and done amazing things, but until you go and touch the sun, you can't answer these questions, why has it taken us 60 years ? The materials didn't exist to allow us to do it. We had to make a heat shield, and we love it. Something that can withstand the extreme hot and cold temperature shifts of its 24 orbits is revolutionary.

  5. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    You know who one of those millions of Americans who's lost their health care because of Obamacare? That would be me. I don't have health care right now, i had purchased an individual policy and Blue Cross Blue Shield canceled all their individual policies in the state of Texas effective December 31st.

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