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Meaning of SHIELD

Pronunciation:  sheeld

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
  2. [n]  a protective covering or structure
  3. [v]  protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
  4. [v]  hold a thought or feeling of

SHIELD is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: buckler, harbor, harbour, screen
 See Also: armor, armour, conceal, escutcheon, hide, nipple shield, pavis, pavise, plate, protect, protection, protective cover, protective covering, scale, scutcheon, shell, shielding



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Shield\, n. [OE. sheld, scheld, AS. scield, scild,
    sceld, scyld; akin to OS. scild, OFries. skeld, D. & G.
    schild, OHG. scilt, Icel. skj["o]ldr, Sw. sk["o]ld, Dan.
    skiold, Goth. skildus; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Sheldrake}.]
    1. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, --
       formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the
       body. See {Buckler}.
             Now put your shields before your hearts and fight,
             With hearts more proof than shields.  --Shak.
    2. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter;
       protection. ``My council is my shield.'' --Shak.
    3. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
             Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield, and thy exceeding
             great reward.                         --Gen. xv. 1.
    4. (Bot.) In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a
       rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
    5. (Her.) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the
       bearings in coats of arms. Cf. {Lozenge}. See Illust. of
    6. (Mining & Tunneling) A framework used to protect workmen
       in making an adit under ground, and capable of being
       pushed along as excavation progresses.
    7. A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield.
       ``Bespotted as with shields of red and black.'' --Spenser.
    8. A coin, the old French crown, or ['e]cu, having on one
       side the figure of a shield. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    {Shield fern} (Bot.), any fern of the genus {Aspidium}, in
       which the fructifications are covered with shield-shaped
       indusia; -- called also {wood fern}. See Illust. of
  2. \Shield\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shielded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Shielding}.] [AS. scidan, scyldan. See {Shield}, n.]
    1. To cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger;
       to defend; to protect from assault or injury.
             Shouts of applause ran ringing through the field, To
             see the son the vanquished father shield. --Dryden.
             A woman's shape doth shield thee.     --Shak.
    2. To ward off; to keep off or out.
             They brought with them their usual weeds, fit to
             shield the cold to which they had been inured.
    3. To avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory
       exclamation, forbid! [Obs.]
             God shield that it should so befall.  --Chaucer.
             God shield I should disturb devotion! --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a shield in your dream, symbolizes emotional and spiritual protection, as well as physical protection. You may be feeling vulnerable and are in need of comfort.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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.