• WordNet 3.6
    • v shelter invest (money) so that it is not taxable
    • v shelter provide shelter for "After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people"
    • n shelter a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
    • n shelter protective covering that provides protection from the weather
    • n shelter temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons
    • n shelter a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings
    • n shelter the condition of being protected "they were huddled together for protection","he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Standing in the shelter of a tree, he watched her a long while Standing in the shelter of a tree, he watched her a long while

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average US worker toils for two hours and 47 minutes of each working day just to pay income tax. Indeed, the average American pays more in taxes than for food, clothing and shelter put together
    • Shelter One who protects; a guardian; a defender. "Thou [God] hast been a shelter for me."
    • Shelter That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen. "The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid,
      From storms a shelter , and from heat a shade."
    • Shelter The state of being covered and protected; protection; security. "Who into shelter takes their tender bloom."
    • Shelter To be a shelter for; to provide with a shelter; to cover from injury or annoyance; to shield; to protect. "Those ruins sheltered once his sacred head.""You have no convents . . . in which such persons may be received and sheltered ."
    • Shelter To betake to cover, or to a safe place; -- used reflexively. "They sheltered themselves under a rock."
    • Shelter To screen or cover from notice; to disguise. "In vain I strove to cheek my growing flame,
      Or shelter passion under friendship's name."
    • v. i Shelter To take shelter. "There oft the Indian herdsman, shunning heat, Shelters in cool."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb shelter.
    • n shelter A cover or defense from exposure, attack, injury, distress, annoyance, or the like; whatever shields or serves as a protection, as from the weather, attack, etc.; a place of protection: as, a shelter from the rain or wind; a shelter for the friendless.
    • n shelter The protection or immunity from attack, exposure, distress, etc., afforded by a place or thing; refuge; asylum.
    • n shelter Synonyms Screen, shield.
    • n shelter Cover, covert, sanctuary, haven. See the verb.
    • shelter To protect from exposure, attack, injury, distress, or the like; afford cover or protection to; hence, to harbor: as, to shelter thieves.
    • shelter To place under cover or shelter; seek shelter or protection for; house; with a reflexive pronoun, to take refuge; betake one's self to cover or a safe place.
    • shelter Synonyms To Defend, Protect, etc. (see keep), shield, screen, shroud, house, ensconce, hide.
    • shelter To take shelter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average American pays more in taxes than for food, clothing and shelter put together.
    • n Shelter shel′tėr that which shields or protects: a refuge: a retreat, a harbour: protection
    • v.t Shelter to cover or shield: to defend: to conceal
    • v.i Shelter to take shelter
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  • Paul Murray Kendall
    Paul Murray Kendall
    “On the trail of another man, the biographer must put up with finding himself at every turn; any biography uneasily shelters an autobiography within it.”
  • Al Capp
    Al Capp
    “Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed of necessary.”
  • Irish Proverb
    Irish Proverb
    “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Friendship is a sheltering tree.”
  • William Cowper
    “Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If love is shelter, I'm going to walk in the rain.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. scheltrun, shiltroun, schelltrome, scheldtrome, a guard, squadron, AS. scildtruma, a troop of men with shields; scild, shield + truma, a band of men. See Shield (n.)


In literature:

The pirates of the prize crew had sought shelter wherever they could find it.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Every man took to shelter, and the place was desolate.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
Once more he had got the palm of his hand beneath that stubborn chin and was lifting it from its shelter.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
I have been on missions since; shelter parties and the like do not disturb me.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
The brushwood sheltered them.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
An ornamental frame or shelter, under which the ship's bell is suspended.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
They established themselves in a sheltered valley, and made that the centre from which they hunted.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
The bud situated between the stem of the leaf and the twig is in a sheltered position.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
If the cabin was empty the visiting cowboy helped himself to food, fire, and shelter.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
But the Cave-men needed a shelter.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

In poetry:

Fair Eve, as fair and still
As fairest thought, climbs the high sheltering hill;
As still and fair
As the white cloud asleep in the deep air.
"Fair Eve" by John Freeman
Jesus, our Master, Lord and King,
Spread over us thy sheltering wing,
Keep us unspotted, let us be
Thy children singing praise to thee.
Sweetly, &c.
"Children's Song" by Nora Pembroke
Guiding him through the trackless snow,
By sheltered clefts of living soil,
Sweet'ning the fearless traveller's toil,
With memories of the world below.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
But when night's sheltering darkness came,
And none the conscious wretch could view,
How fiercely burned the smothered flame!
How deep was every sigh I drew!
"Secret Love" by Amelia Opie
Yet, Jesus, Jesus! there I'll cling,
I'll crowd beneath his sheltering wing;
I'll clasp the cross, and holding there,
Even me, oh bliss!—his wrath may spare.
"A Hymn" by Henry Kirke White
And in its broad and sheltering shade,
Sitting with none to make afraid,
Were we now silent, through each mighty limb,
The winds of heaven would sing the praise of him.
"The Vow Of Washington" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

But that doesn't mean the citizens sharing shelter from a rainy fall morning agreed on much the night after the vice presidential debate.
Shelter hearing to be held for children.
VINCE TALOTTA/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO Councillors Maria Augimeri, left, who sits on the TTC board, and Karen Stintz, its chair, are agreed that more transparent accounting for use of shelter buses is worthwhile.
(Host) Commentator Jay Craven saw the new independent film, "Take Shelter" at the Sundance Film Festival last January.
Surely someone has some up close to the house or a sheltered area.
The organization has opened shelters in the wake of the hurricane.
Puppies Crowd Las Cruces Shelter.
CTC culinary students put skills to work for Griffin Pond Animal Shelter residents.
Kitten and puppy cuddle at pet shelter.
Video evidence released in animal shelter seizure.
Local animal shelter adds new free-roam area for cats.
We adopted her from a nearby shelter.
For more information see New shelter.
The number of abused women seeking shelter in Philly is skyrocketing.
Fishing boats are moored in a shelter at the Nanfangao harbor in eastern Ilan county, as typhoon Saola approches the island's east coast on August 2, 2012.

In science:

Kuz'mina I.Е., Lobach Yu.N., Nuclear fuel and peculiar features of aerosols in installation “Shelter".
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
Discarding these latter examples tends to increase a gap between class clouds, but each cloud may shelter examples of different classes.
Boosting k-NN for categorization of natural scenes
As a concrete example, suppose government wishes to set up a network of offices, say homeless shelters, that perform some service to the local community.
Near Optimality in Covering and Packing Games by Exposing Global Information
Furthermore, individual counties have competing interests in that they desire their own area to be served but incur some cost by opening a shelter.
Near Optimality in Covering and Packing Games by Exposing Global Information
This is probably because of the mere ‘umbrella’ role of Applied Mathematics in providing temporary shelter to newly emerging disciplines with a strong mathematical flavour but whose pace of development was not significant enough to let them claim an identity (independent status)of their own.
Mathematics : The Language of Science