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definition of the word shield

by the Wiktionnary

From Old English scield.

Singular
shield

Plural
shields

shield (plural shields)

  1. (armor) A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body.
  2. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
  3. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
    • 1611: Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. The Holy Bible, King James Version, Genesis 15:1.
  4. (botany) In lichens, a hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
  5. (heraldry) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms.
  6. (geology) A large expanse of exposed stable Precambrian rock.
  7. (mining) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
  8. A spot resembling, or having the form of a shield.
    Bespotted as with shields of red and black. Spenser.
  9. (obsolete) A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
  10. (science fiction) A field of energy which protects or defends.
  11. (colloquial, law enforcement) A police badge
    • The chief put something in his hand and Bosch looked down to see the gold detective's shield. [1]
  12. (transport) A sign or symbol, usually containing numbers and sometimes letters, identifying a highway route.


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