• WordNet 3.6
    • v shepherd tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
    • v shepherd watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
    • n shepherd a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
    • n shepherd a clergyman who watches over a group of people
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Shepherd Boy Shepherd Boy
Romulus and Remus discovered by a gentle shepherd Romulus and Remus discovered by a gentle shepherd
The Divine Shepherd The Divine Shepherd
Herd of sheep following a shepherd Herd of sheep following a shepherd
The shepherd and the fairy The shepherd and the fairy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has been suggested that shepherds are responsible for inventing the game golf. It is said that they used to use their staffs to hit the stones
    • Shepherd A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large.
    • Shepherd The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of others.
    • v. t Shepherd To tend as a shepherd; to guard, herd, lead, or drive, as a shepherd. "White, fleecy clouds . . .""Shepherded by the slow, unwilling wind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
    • n shepherd A man who herds, tends, and guards sheep in pasture; a pastor.
    • shepherd To tend or guide as a shepherd.
    • shepherd To attend or wait on; gallant.
    • shepherd To watch over, as a mining claim, and establish a right to it by doing a certain-amount of work on it: said especially of digging small pits in the neighborhood of a rich deposit of gold; hence, to attend or hang about (a person) on the chance of getting something out of him.
    • n shepherd A miner who does not work a claim, though preserving his legal rights respecting it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rin Tin Tin was born to a war-dog mother in a German trench in France during World War I. Deserted when the Germans retreated, the German shepherd puppy was found by an American officer who happened to be a police-dog trainer from California. During Rin Tin Tin's training after the war, the dog's intelligence came to the attention of Warner Brothers, which signed the dog up for what turned out to be a long career as one of the biggest box-office draws of the silent screen era.
    • n Shepherd shep′ėrd one who herds sheep: a swain: a pastor
    • v.t Shepherd to tend as a shepherd: to watch over, protect the interests of, or one's own interests in
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  • Sextus Propertius
    Sextus Propertius
    “The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
  • Edmund Waller
    Edmund Waller
    “Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.”
  • Voltaire
    “Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.”
  • Henri B. Stendhal
    “The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “Today the tyrant rules not by club or fist, but, disguised as a market researcher, he shepherds his flocks in the ways of utility and comfort.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. schepherde, schephirde, AS. sceáphyrde,; sceáp, sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd, a guardian. See Sheep, and Herd


In literature:

David a shepherd boy, brought up amid rural scenes; Goliath a warrior by profession.
"The Wedding Ring" by T. De Witt Talmage
But Hermes, astute as he was dishonest, determined to test the shepherd's integrity.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
For several generations they had adopted the simple occupation of shepherds.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Unto certain of these humble shepherds came the first proclamation that the Savior had been born.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
The Angel appearing to the Shepherds, and announcing the Birth of the Saviour.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
The shepherd went from home in the morning, attended by his dog, and armed with a gun, now unavailing for his defence: he never returned.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
"Stories of Animal Sagacity" by W.H.G. Kingston
"Old Daniel" by Thomas Hodson
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
She wanted to know what it meant, and what a shepherd was, and what sheep were.
"A Missionary Twig" by Emma L. Burnett

In poetry:

See the kindly shepherds round him,
Telling wonders from the sky!
When they sought Him, there they found Him,
With his Virgin-Mother by.
"Cradle Hymn" by Isaac Watts
A shepherd calls his little lambs,
And he longeth to caress them;
He bids them rest upon his breast,
That his tender love may bless them.
"Christmas Eve" by Eugene Field
If those who sit at shepherd's board,
Soothe not their taste by wanton art;
They take what Nature's gifts afford,
And take it with a cheerful heart.
"Contentment" by James Thomson
HE sleeps not here; in hope and prayer
His wandering flock had gone before,
But he, the shepherd, might not share
Their sorrows on the wintry shore.
"Robinson Of Leyden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The shepherd marked his treacherous art,
And, softly sighing, thus replied:
"'Tis true you have subdued my heart,
But shall not triumph o'er my pride.
"To The God Of Fond Desire" by James Thomson
Those simple daisies which you view,
Last year, when summer winds did wave,
And clouds were white with sunshine, grew
Upon the Ettrick Shepherd's grave.
"Dead Flowers" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Action German shepherd dogs in the snow Click to enlarge.
The world record for the farthest golf shot caught by a moving car was on the line when Jake Shepherd teed up his ball.
Basket raffle fundraiser at Good Shepherd benefits computer lab.
Youth confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran.
Good Shepherd Academy students take part in forensics competition.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church Arts & Crafts Show.
Good Shepherd Church's Holiday Arts & Crafts Show will be held Saturday, November 10th from 9 am to 3 pm at the parish hall and church grounds.
Shop for Christmas at Perryville's Good Shepherd .
Good Shepherd School, 810 Aiken Ave in Perryville, will have a Christmas Bazaar today (Friday) and Saturday from 4 to 8 pm featuring a spaghetti dinner, Santa, basket wheel, live entertainment and much more.
On Friday, November 9th, between 9 AM – 1 PM, Kentucky author Nancy Kelly Allen will be visiting Good Shepherd School in Frankfort.
Holiday bazaar, activities planned at Good Shepherd .
Fire Damages Berkeley's Good Shepherd Church.
During the month of October, Good Shepherd Community Clinic will offer free mammogram screenings for those that qualify.
Good Shepherd church to help people on local, global scale.
Good Shepherd School accepting new students.

In science:

Shepherd, Franz and Werner defined a class of QCA where the scattering unitary Ui changes at each step i (classical control QCA).
Partitioned quantum cellular automata are intrinsically universal
Bachiller 1996; see also Beuther & Shepherd, this book and Bacciotti, this book).
Chemical processes in star forming regions
To account for the differences seen in flow morphologies from early B to late O stars Beuther and Shepherd (2005) proposed two possible evolutionary sequences which could result in similar observable outflow signatures.
Molecular Outflows in Low- and High-Mass Star Forming Regions
Sketch of the proposed evolutionary outflow scenario put for th by Beuther and Shepherd (2005).
Molecular Outflows in Low- and High-Mass Star Forming Regions
Beuther H. and Shepherd, D. S. (2005) In Cores to Clusters: Star Formation with Next Generation Telescopes (M.S.N.
Molecular Outflows in Low- and High-Mass Star Forming Regions