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shield

[ sheeld ]
/ ʃild /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to act or serve as a shield.

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Origin of shield

before 900; (noun) Middle English shelde,Old English sceld; cognate with Dutch, German Schild,Gothic skildus; (v.) Middle English shelden,Old English sceldan, scildan, derivative of the noun
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British Dictionary definitions for shield

shield
/ (ʃiːld) /

noun

verb

(tr) to protect, hide, or conceal (something) from danger or harm
shielder, nounshieldlike, adjective
Old English scield; related to Old Norse skjöldr, Gothic skildus, Old High German scilt shield, Old English sciell shell
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Medical definitions for shield

shield
[ shēld ]

n.

A protective device or structure, such as a lead sheet to protect an individual from x-rays.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for shield

shield
[ shēld ]

A wall or housing of an absorbing material, such as concrete or lead, built around a nuclear reactor to prevent the escape of radiation.
A structure or arrangement of metal plates or mesh designed to protect a piece of electronic equipment from electrostatic or magnetic interference.
A large geographic area where rocks of a continent's craton (the ancient, relatively undisturbed portion of a continental plate) are visible at the surface. A shield is often surrounded by platforms covered with sediment.
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