• WordNet 3.6
    • n protector a person who cares for persons or property
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Protector (R. C. Ch) A cardinal, from one of the more considerable Roman Catholic nations, who looks after the interests of his people at Rome; also, a cardinal who has the same relation to a college, religious order, etc.
    • Protector (Eng. Hist) One having the care of the kingdom during the king's minority; a regent. "Is it concluded he shall be protector !"
    • Protector One who, or that which, defends or shields from injury, evil, oppression, etc.; a defender; a guardian; a patron. "For the world's protector shall be known."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n protector One who or that which protects, defends, or shields from injury or any evil; a defender; a guardian; a patron: as, a child's natural protectors.
    • n protector In English history: One who had the care of the kingdom during the king's minority or incapacity; a regent: as, the Duke of Somerset was protector in the reign of Edward VI.
    • n protector [capitalized] The title (in full Lord Protector) of the head of the executive during part of the period of the Commonwealth: it was held by Oliver Cromwell 1653–8, and by Richard Cromwell 1658–9.
    • n protector In weaving, a stop-motion attached to a power-loom, which immediately stops the loom when the shuttle fails to enter the box.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Protector one who protects from injury or oppression: a guardian: a regent:—fem. Protec′tress, Protec′trix
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  • J. August Strindberg
    “I always disliked dogs, those protectors of cowards who lack the courage to fight an assailant themselves.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Prosperity is the best protector of principle.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.: cf. F. protecteur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., pro, in front, tegĕre, tectum, to cover.


In literature:

I have been till now her protector.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
You do I give to her as a husband, friend, protector, father.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
Pan was regarded by shepherds as their most valiant protector, who defended their flocks from the attacks of wolves.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Ella escapes and reaches Storm, her old protector, just as he is on his way to execution.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Stephen Cullen Carpenter
But you have earned a few days' rest, and I shall not omit to mention you favourably to the protector.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
What do you think of the cat which of her own accord became the protector of a pet canary, instead of eating it up?
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
All admired the zeal and activity of their military protectors.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
At present I am her protector.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
This national union however was broken by the Protectorate.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
One day a priest came to the Protector of the Indians to tell him how the native laborers in the mines near San Domingo were abused.
"Las Casas" by Alice J. Knight
British annexation of Southern, and protectorate of Northern Bechuanaland.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Ben Brace then was the name of my protector, and although the name is elsewhere famous, for the sake of truth I cannot alter it.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
He is a powerful protector to innocence, and no earthly power can deprive you of His strength.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
The powers of the new Protector indeed were strictly limited.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Listen, Protector of the Poor.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Protector against injurious weather.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
The Earl of Hertford, being uncle of the king, was unanimously named protector.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The Emperor is above all the servant and protector of the Church.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
The circumstance being appreciated, the Protector's position becomes quite clear.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
Government enforcement agents, game protectors, State Constabulary, all keep an eye on Clinch.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers

In poetry:

See, O my soul, thy Saviour come!
Thy Guardian, thy Protector see!
See there thy pardon! see thy home!
See there the joys prepar'd for thee!
"A Comfortable Conference Between A Pious Sick Man And His Soul, Against The Fear Of Death" by Rees Prichard
Like Aaron, to thine altar, I'll repair,
Or to my room, like Daniel, and declare
Thy mercies, or like royal David sing
Thy praises, my Protector, and my King!
"A Prayer For A Clergyman, When He Goes To Visit The Sick, Or In The Time Of A Plague" by Rees Prichard
Receive my soul, O my Protector dear!
Receive my soul, 'tis time, unto thy care!
For long enough I've liv'd, and linger'd here;
I am not better than my fathers were.
"An Earnest Prayer For Pardon Of Sins" by Rees Prichard
If you to this sacred repast shall repair,
He'll grant you the favour, that He
(So you're clad with repentance, with faith, and with pray'r)
Your spouse and protector will be.
"An Invitation To Sinners, To Come And Receive The Good Things, Which God Offers Them In The Gospel, " by Rees Prichard
Christ is my comfort — Christ's my solace sure —
Christ is my hope, in all that I endure —
Christ's my assistance, when Death's terrors come —
Christ's my protector, in the day of doom!
"An Earnest Prayer For Pardon Of Sins" by Rees Prichard
Sweet baby, sleep and nothing fear,
For whosoever thee offends,
By thy protector threat'ned are,
And God and angels are thy friends.
Sweet baby, then forbear to weep;
Be still, my babe; sweet baby, sleep.
"A Rocking Hymn" by George Wither

In news:

Prime functions as a protector from rain for both types of bases.
I use clear sheet protectors for my copies.
I often have two pages that I need to copy and the sheet protectors let me keep the front and back pages together.
Wilson has just 18 carries for 89 yards on the year, with team personnel saying he doesn't give the team enough as a pass protector .
Part 3 QST October 1986, pp 38-41 protectors are connected to Amateur Radio equipment and retested.
Circuit Protector Offers Versatility, Extended Current Ratings.
3M helps prevent occupational hearing loss by accurately measuring the fit of hearing protectors .
Uncooked Spaghetti as Frosting Protector .
Protector 's new Hauraki 40 proves an ideal platform for taking California's rugged coast by storm-and surfboard.
Jets planned to use Tebow as protector before trade.
Syria, protector of children's rights.
For area sheriff's deputies, the protector is Zeus.
Marsh & McLennan Agency Buys Protector Group.
The protectors are designed for desktop access so employees can control their own workstation power consumption.
To prevent unexpected data loss, the protector includes an LED light that blinks before the automatic shutdown.

In science:

That is, pairing10 is a general organizing principle (or quantum protectorate to use the language of Laughlin and Pines11) of a dilute two-dimensional electon gas as has been proposed.
Turning insulators into superconductors
Hardware alone can be protected using anything that prevents physical damage, such as cases and surge protectors.
A Tiered Security System for Mobile Devices