Around was shelterless and bare, but the heightening wall of cliff seemed to be watching.
They saw that their case was hapless, yet on they came across the shelterless plain.
Small vessels only can enter the harbour, which is shelterless, and rendered difficult of access by a sunken reef.
He was a starving, shelterless outcast at the moment of his crime.
The sere and yellow leaf is falling on the shelterless head of the royal Puritan.
By this time it was beginning to get hot, there on the shelterless wreck.
Except for the shelterless animals that wandered about close upon starvation, nothing remained.
He felt like a leaf in a hurricane, "lost, dizzy, shelterless."
They passed by the fence of this shelterless acre on the hill, and shoutings and high music began to reach them.
But his home was not yet secure and he was haunted with the fear that his old age might be shelterless.
1580s, "structure affording protection," possibly an alteration of Middle English sheltron, sheldtrume "roof or wall formed by locked shields," from Old English scyldtruma, from scield "shield" (see shield (n.)) + truma "troop," related to Old English trum "firm, strong" (see trim).
If so, the original notion is of a compact body of men protected by interlocking shields. OED finds this "untenable" and proposed derivation from shield + -ture. Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s; meaning "temporary lodging for homeless poor" is first recorded 1890 in Salvation Army jargon; sense of "temporary home for animals" is from 1971. Related: Shelterless.