- a broad piece of armor, varying widely in form and size, carried apart from the body, usually on the left arm, as a defense against swords, lances, arrows, etc.
- a similar device, often of lightweight plastic, used by riot police to protect themselves from rocks and other thrown objects.
- something shaped like a shield, variously round, octagonal, triangular, or somewhat heart-shaped.
- a person or thing that protects.
- a police officer's, detective's, or sheriff's badge.
- Ordnance. a steel screen attached to a gun to protect its crew, mechanism, etc.
- Mining. a movable framework for protecting a miner from cave-ins, etc.
- Electricity. a covering, usually made of metal, placed around an electric device or circuit in order to reduce the effects of external electric and magnetic fields.
- Zoology. a protective plate or the like on the body of an animal, as a scute, enlarged scale, etc.
- dress shield.
- Heraldry. an escutcheon, especially one broad at the top and pointed at the bottom, for displaying armorial bearings.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Scutum.
- Also called continental shield. Geology. a vast area of ancient crustal rocks which, together with a platform, constitutes a craton.
- a protective barrier against nuclear radiation, especially a lead or concrete structure around a reactor.
- to protect (someone or something) with or as if with a shield.
- to serve as a protection for.
- to hide or conceal; protect by hiding.
- Obsolete. to avert; forbid.
- to act or serve as a shield.
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.
- Carol (Ann). 1935–2003, Canadian novelist and writer, born in the US; her novels include Happenstance (1980), The Stone Diaries (1995), and Unless (2002)
- any protection used to intercept blows, missiles, etc, such as a tough piece of armour carried on the arm
- any similar protective device
- Also called: scutcheon, escutcheon heraldry a pointed stylized shield used for displaying armorial bearings
- anything that resembles a shield in shape, such as a prize in a sports competition
- the protective outer covering of an animal, such as the shell of a turtle
- physics a structure of concrete, lead, etc, placed around a nuclear reactor or other source of radiation in order to prevent the escape of radiation
- a broad stable plateau of ancient Precambrian rocks forming the rigid nucleus of a particular continentSee Baltic Shield, Canadian Shield
- short for dress shield
- civil engineering a hollow steel cylinder that protects men driving a circular tunnel through loose, soft, or water-bearing ground
- the shield informal
- (tr) to protect, hide, or conceal (something) from danger or harm
Word Origin for shield
Word Origin and History for shields
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.
- A protective device or structure, such as a lead sheet to protect an individual from x-rays.
- 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.