• WordNet 3.6
    • v shield protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
    • v shield hold back a thought or feeling about "She is harboring a grudge against him"
    • n shield hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
    • n shield armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
    • n shield a protective covering or structure
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Additional illustrations & photos:

spears shield uniform spears shield uniform
The old king sees himself reflected in the shields of the bodyguard The old king sees himself reflected in the shields of the bodyguard
Round book-plate: Three stags on a shield below two rings Round book-plate: Three stags on a shield below two rings
Helmet above a shield Helmet above a shield
Hare's bookplate: Lion above shield Hare's bookplate: Lion above shield
shield leaning against a rock surrounded by bushes shield leaning against a rock surrounded by bushes
four people around a shield four people around a shield

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper right-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner
    • Shield 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 ."
    • Shield A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
    • Shield (Mining & Tunneling) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
    • Shield A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield. "Bespotted as with shields of red and black."
    • Shield Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection. "My council is my shield ."
    • Shield Figuratively, one who protects or defends. "Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield , and thy exceeding great reward."
    • Shield (Bot) In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
    • Shield (Her) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of Escutcheon.
    • Shield To avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory exclamation, forbid! "God shield that it should so befall.""God shield I should disturb devotion!"
    • Shield 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 ."
      "A woman's shape doth shield thee."
    • Shield 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In honor of the original thirteen states, the U.S. $1 bill has the following on the back: 13 steps on the pyramid. The motto above the pyramid has 13 letters (annuit coeptis). E pluribus unum, written on the ribbon in the eagle's beak, has 13 letters. 13 stars appear over the eagle's head. 13 stripes are on the shield. 13 war arrows are in the eagle's left talon.
    • shield A frame or rounded plate made of wood, metal, hide, or leather, carried by warriors on the arm or in the hand, as a defense, from remote antiquity until the perfection of firearms rendered it more an encumbrance than a safeguard, and by savage peoples to the present day. Specifically, as distinguished from the buckler, a large implement of the sort, covering the body at least on one side, and carried on the arm, which passed through rings or straps on its inner side, or hung around the neck by a guige or strap. The shield of the middle ages was in the tenth century very long, pointed at the bottom and rounded at the top. (See kite-shield, below.) At later periods it was changed in size and shape, becoming shorter and smaller, at first triangular and afterward broad, short, and pointed. (See écu, and tilling-shield (below).) In the fifteenth century the shield proper was relegated to the just, and soon after disappeared altogether. (For the hand-shield used for parrying blows, see buckler; for the large shield used in sieges, see pavise.) Shields of barbarous peoples differ greatly in size, shape, and material: thus, those of the peoples of South Africa, made of hide, are nearly six feet long; those of the Mussulman nations are much smaller and usually round. See also cuts under buckler, enarme, hoplite, orle, pavise, pelta, rondache, and scutum.
    • shield Anything that protects or is used as a protection. A movable screen, usually of steel serving to protect heavy guns and the gunners while serving them. A similar contrivance is used by sappers.
    • shield A fender-plate attached to the share of a corn-plow to prevent clods from rolling on to the young plants.
    • shield In zoology:
    • shield A protective or defensive plate, buckler, or cuirass, of some determinate size, shape, or position; a scute, scutum, or scutellum; a lorica; a carapace: as, the shields or bucklers of a ganoid fish; the shields of a turtle, an armadillo, etc. See cuts under carapace, leaf-roller, scale, armadillo, and coluber.
    • shield Some part, place, or mark likened to a shield; a thyroid formation. See cut under larynx.
    • shield In dressmaking, a piece or strip of some repellent fabric used to protect a dress from mud, perspiration, etc.: as, a skirt-shield; an arm-shield.
    • shield Figuratively, a shelter, protection, or defense; a bulwark.
    • shield In botany, any flat, buckler-like body that is fixed by a stalk or pedicel from some part of the under surface, as the apothecium in certain lichens. (See apothecium.) In the Characeæ each of the eight flat disk-shaped cells composing the antheridium is called a shield. See shield-shaped.
    • shield In heraldry:
    • shield The shield-shaped escutcheon used for all displays of arms, except when borne by women and sometimes by clergymen. See escutcheon and lozenge.
    • shield A bearing representing a knightly shield.
    • shield A French crown (in French, écu), so called from its having on one side the figure of a shield.
    • shield The semi-transparent skin of the sides of a boar-pig, which is of considerable thickness, affording shield-like protection against the attacks of an adversary: apparently used formerly to furnish a shield for burlesque or mimic contests.
    • shield A breed of domestic pigeons, of which there are four varieties, black, red, blue, and silver.
    • shield More properly, a mantlet or wooden bulwark for crossbowmen and the like.
    • shield To protect, defend, or shelter from danger, calamity, distress, annoyance, or the like: as, to shield one from attack; to shield one from the sun; to shield a criminal.
    • shield To ward off.
    • shield To forfend; forbid; avert.
    • shield To act or serve as a shield; be a shelter or protection.
    • n shield A guard placed over or in front of rapidly moving machinery, especially over cutters such as saws and planes, to protect the workmen from accidents.
    • n shield A guard placed around belting where it passes through a floor, or around gears to prevent clothing of workmen or passers-by from becoming entangled
    • n shield A covering over bearings and shafts of grinding machinery to keep grit and dust from working into the contact-surfaces.
    • n shield A guard placed on an exposed shaft, and turning loosely with it, to prevent injury from accidental contact with the revolving mass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kangaroo and the emu are shown supporting the shield on Australia's coat of arms.
    • n Shield shēld a broad plate worn for defence on the left arm: anything that protects: defence: a person who protects: the shield-shaped escutcheon used for displaying arms
    • v.t Shield to defend:
    • v.i Shield to be a shelter
    • v.t Shield (Shak.) to forfend, avert
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  • Sir William
    Sir William
    “No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile.”
  • Diana Black
    Diana Black
    “Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space.”
  • William Morris Hughes
    William Morris Hughes
    “Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield.”
  • Herbert Spencer
    “The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.”
  • Robert Green Ingersoll
    “The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sheld, scheld, AS. scield, scild, sceld, scyld,; akin to OS. scild, OFries. skeld, D. & G. schild, OHG. scilt, Icel. skjöldr, Sw. sköld, Dan. skiold, Goth. skildus,; of uncertain origin. Cf. Sheldrake


In literature:

On his shield are borne six heraldic leopards or lions.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury" by Gleeson White
Even the shielding was intact.
"The Measure of a Man" by Randall Garrett
Titurel, Amfortas' father has built the castle to shield it, and appointed holy men for its service.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Consider next, the defence: 'the shield of faith.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The work of Regin's hands was a shield, a great shield of iron.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
It's an account of a mentacom and shield that got away.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
The roof is thatched with shields.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
We should furnish a large shield to prevent it being swallowed.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Standing with his huge shield held well before him, Beowulf received the attack and struck from beneath his shield at the monster's side.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
Upon the ground was cast his weighty helm, Likewise his shield and shafts, his club and bow.
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886" by Various

In poetry:

There stands upon the thirteenth shield
A sprig of the mournful yew;
That’s borne by Harrald Griskeson;
And he’s a comrade true.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
"Come unto me in sorrow's hour
When life seems dark and drear;
I'll shield thee from the tempter's power;
Dear child, thou need'st not fear.
"Come Unto Me" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
When I was but a tiny child,
Thou shielded me from tempests wild;
And gave me strength to do the right
Within temptation's treacherous sight.
"An Offering" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Alas ! the hour of grief is near !
Hark to the clarion-sounds of War !
Behold the shield, the quiv'ring spear,
The crimson banners wave afar.
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
“Take ye sword and shield in hand,
And look that they be true;
For Hafbur the King hath guested with us;
Stiffnecked he is, great deeds to do.”
"Hafbur And Signy" by William Morris
Who, now, will cheer the broken hearted,
Or shield them from Death's wrath,
Since the strong, the brave, has departed,
And left a corpse in the path?
"Lines On The Death Of A Friend" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Our pundits, Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot and syndicated columnist Mark Shields, look at the possible implications of Monday's historic testimony.
From the tobacco bill to the rebirth of campaign finance reform, Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot and syndicated columnist Mark Shields review the week in politics.
From President Clinton's leaked deposition to Vernon Jordan's testimony before the grand jury, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot discuss the week in politics.
From the Starr investigation to the death of the McCain-Feingold bill, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot discuss the week in politics.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot discuss the recent town hall meeting in Ohio and the administration's handling of the Iraq crisis.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot discuss the politics of the upcoming China Summit, President Clinton's backing of IRS reform, and the continuing saga of the campaign finance hearings.
Margaret Warner talks with Mark Shields and Paul Gigot about Gingrich and other political figures.
Mark Shields and Paul Gigot debate the tax cut proposals and campaign finance hearings.
Now, our regular political analysis by Shields & Gigot , syndicated columnist Mark Shields, "Wall Street Journal" columnist Paul Gigot .
Margaret Warner joins Shields & Gigot in discussing disaster relief, the Republican leadership, and the new tax bill.
Now, to Shields & Gigot and to Margaret Warner.
MARK SHIELDS, Syndicated Columnist: Well, the totality of the day I think is the best question, Jim.
Picking up where Jim's Pancakes left off, Nathan Shields has begun blogging the pancake art he makes for his children.
NASA's Mars chief frets over heat shield for Curiosity rover.
It was the first time out for the protective plastic shields, too.

In science:

The problem has its origin in radiation transport through thick shields.
Monte Carlo: Basics
For the 2000 flight we removed all the shields and optimized th e detection efficiency for multiple-Compton events in the few MeV energy region.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
Yet it can be seen that for a weakly viscous system, the “viscous shielding radius” rvisc (≡ ˙m/ηtot ) would scarcely be able to set a reasonable spatial bound on the accretion process.
Viscosity in spherically symmetric accretion
Another obvious problem with a very large radius is the shielding effect of a group of charges upon any given single charge.
Electrodynamics and the Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle
The mean distance through that shield must obviously be finite and limited.
Electrodynamics and the Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle