verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of shield
Related Words for shieldsarmor, buffer, safeguard, shelter, bulwark, defend, cover, conceal, screen, armament, guard, defense, aegis, escutcheon, rampart, mail, ward, security, absorber, bumper
Examples from the Web for shields
Contemporary Examples of shields
The cap devices on thousands of identical hats glinted in the late morning sun along with the shields worn by each of the cops.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Riot police eventually converged from the flanks, hundreds at first, then hundreds more, with shields and batons.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
Like any good suspense novelist, Shields is a master of evasion and sleight-of-hand.Carol Shields’s Tale Of Secondhand Life
October 26, 2014
By 15, Shields was saying: “Nothing comes between me and my Calvins” in an advert for Calvin Klein underwear.
Shields was photographed nude when she was 10, the photograph later used in an artwork by Richard Prince.
Historical Examples of shields
From the shields, there is not one of these vessels which hath not knight or baron aboard.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She saw the war-caps, shields, and war-coats, and her heart sank.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
You will now, on opening them, have two shields, as in Fig. 2.
Now paste one of these shields in the centre of your yellow window-pane.
The Iroquois had shields of hide stretched on hoop for defensive armor.
Word Origin for shield
Old English scield, scild "shield; protector, defense," literally "board," from Proto-Germanic *skelduz (cf. Old Norse skjöldr, Old Saxon skild, Middle Dutch scilt, Dutch schild, German Schild, Gothic skildus), from *skel- "divide, split, separate," from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut" (see scale (n.1)). Perhaps the notion is of a flat piece of wood made by splitting a log. Shield volcano (1911) translates German Schildvulkan (1910). Plate tectonics sense is from 1906, translating Suess (1888).
Old English gescildan, from the root of shield (n.). Related: Shielded; shielding. Cf. German scilden.