Shield

Definition of Shield

n.1.A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, - formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body. See Buckler.
Now put your shields before your hearts and fight,
With hearts more proof than shields.
- Shak.
2.Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
3.Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
- Gen. xv. 1.
4.(Bot.) In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
5.(Her.) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of Escutcheon.
6.(Mining & Tunneling) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
7.A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield.
8.A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
Shield fern
(Bot.) any fern of the genus Aspidium, in which the fructifications are covered with shield-shaped indusia; - called also wood fern. See Illust. of Indusium.
v. t.1.To cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury.
[imp. & p. p. Shielded; p. pr. & vb. n. Shielding.]
Shouts of applause ran ringing through the field,
To see the son the vanquished father shield.
- Dryden.
A woman's shape doth shield thee.
- Shak.
2.To ward off; to keep off or out.
They brought with them their usual weeds, fit to shield the cold to which they had been inured.
- Spenser.
3.To avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory exclamation, forbid!
God shield that it should so befall.
- Chaucer.
God shield I should disturb devotion!
- Shak.

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