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a broad piece of armor, varying widely in form and size, carried apart from the body, usually on the left arm, as a defense against swords, lances, arrows, etc.
a similar device, often of lightweight plastic, used by riot police to protect themselves from rocks and other thrown objects.
something shaped like a shield, variously round, octagonal, triangular, or somewhat heart-shaped.
a person or thing that protects.
a police officer’s, detective’s, or sheriff’s badge.
Ordnance. a steel screen attached to a gun to protect its crew, mechanism, etc.
Mining. a movable framework for protecting a miner from cave-ins, etc.
Electricity. a covering, usually made of metal, placed around an electric device or circuit in order to reduce the effects of external electric and magnetic fields.
Zoology. a protective plate or the like on the body of an animal, as a scute, enlarged scale, etc.
dress shield.
Heraldry. an escutcheon, especially one broad at the top and pointed at the bottom, for displaying armorial bearings.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Scutum.
Also called continental shield. Geology. a vast area of ancient crustal rocks which, together with a platform, constitutes a craton.
a protective barrier against nuclear radiation, especially a lead or concrete structure around a reactor.
verb (used with object)
to protect (someone or something) with or as if with a shield.
to serve as a protection for.
to hide or conceal; protect by hiding.
Obsolete. to avert; forbid.
verb (used without object)
to act or serve as a shield.
Carol (Ann). 1935–2003, Canadian novelist and writer, born in the US; her novels include Happenstance (1980), The Stone Diaries (1995), and Unless (2002)
any protection used to intercept blows, missiles, etc, such as a tough piece of armour carried on the arm
any similar protective device
(heraldry) Also called scutcheon, escutcheon. a pointed stylized shield used for displaying armorial bearings
anything that resembles a shield in shape, such as a prize in a sports competition
the protective outer covering of an animal, such as the shell of a turtle
(physics) a structure of concrete, lead, etc, placed around a nuclear reactor or other source of radiation in order to prevent the escape of radiation
a broad stable plateau of ancient Precambrian rocks forming the rigid nucleus of a particular continent See Baltic Shield, Canadian Shield
short for dress shield
(civil engineering) a hollow steel cylinder that protects men driving a circular tunnel through loose, soft, or water-bearing ground
(informal) the shield

(Austral) short for the Sheffield Shield
(NZ) short for the Ranfurly Shield

(transitive) to protect, hide, or conceal (something) from danger or harm

shield (shēld)
A protective device or structure, such as a lead sheet to protect an individual from x-rays.

A wall or housing of an absorbing material, such as concrete or lead, built around a nuclear reactor to prevent the escape of radiation.

A structure or arrangement of metal plates or mesh designed to protect a piece of electronic equipment from electrostatic or magnetic interference.

A large geographic area where rocks of a continent’s craton (the ancient, relatively undisturbed portion of a continental plate) are visible at the surface. A shield is often surrounded by platforms covered with sediment.


used in defensive warfare, varying at different times and under different circumstances in size, form, and material (1 Sam. 17:7; 2 Sam. 1:21; 1 Kings 10:17; 1 Chr. 12:8, 24, 34; Isa. 22:6; Ezek. 39:9; Nahum 2:3). Used figuratively of God and of earthly princes as the defenders of their people (Gen. 15:1; Deut. 33:29; Ps. 33:20; 84:11). Faith is compared to a shield (Eph. 6:16). Shields were usually “anointed” (Isa. 21:5), in order to preserve them, and at the same time make the missiles of the enemy glide off them more easily.


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