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 Dictionary entry overview: What does protection mean? 

  The noun PROTECTION has 7 senses:

1. the activity of protecting someone or something
2. a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
3. defense against financial failure; financial independence
4. the condition of being protected
5. kindly endorsement and guidance
6. the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition
7. payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence

  Familiarity information: PROTECTION used as a noun is common.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1protection [BACK TO TOP]


The activity of protecting someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the witnesses demanded police protection

Hypernyms ("protection" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "protection"):

air cover (the use of military aircraft to provide protection against attack by enemy aircraft during ground or naval operations)

civil defense (activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster)

sealing; waterproofing (the act of treating something to make it repel water)

ruggedisation; ruggedization (the act of making a piece of equipment rugged (strengthening to resist wear or abuse))

care; charge; guardianship; tutelage (attention and management implying responsibility for safety)

immunisation; immunization (the act of making immune (especially by inoculation))

covering (the act of protecting something by covering it)

accompaniment; escort (the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them)

locking; lockup (the act of locking something up to protect it)

insulation (the act of protecting something by surrounding it with material that reduces or prevents the transmission of sound or heat or electricity)

shielding (the act of shielding from harm)

preservation; saving (the activity of protecting something from loss or danger)

momism; overprotection; overshielding (excessive protection)

defence; defense (protection from harm)

inoculating; vaccinating (the act of protecting against disease by introducing a vaccine into the body to induce immunity)

patrol (the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes)

self-defence; self-defense; self-protection (the act of defending yourself)

Sense 2protection [BACK TO TOP]


A covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


protective cover; protective covering; protection

Context examples:

they had no protection from the fallout / wax provided protection for the floors

Hypernyms ("protection" is a kind of...):

covering (an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "protection"):

shade (protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight)

screen (protective covering consisting of a metallic netting mounted in a frame and covering windows or doors (especially for protection against insects))

roof (protective covering on top of a motor vehicle)

roof (a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building)

mulch (a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion)

mask (a protective covering worn over the face)

lining (a protective covering that protects an inside surface)

sheath (a protective covering for a knife or sword)

overlay; overlayer; sheathing (protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior)

shelter (protective covering that provides protection from the weather)

shield (a protective covering or structure)

dashboard; splashboard; splasher (protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.)

splasher (a protective covering over or beside a wheel to protect the upper part of a vehicle from splashes of mud)

testudo (a movable protective covering that provided protection from above; used by Roman troops when approaching the walls of a besieged fortification)

thumbstall (protective covering for an injured thumb)

toecap (a protective leather or steel cover for the toe of a boot or shoe, reinforcing or decorating it)

splashboard; washboard (protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side)

housing (a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component)

bonnet; cowl; cowling; hood (protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine)

armor; armour (protective covering made of metal and used in combat)

bell glass; bell jar (a bell-shaped glass cover used to protect and display delicate objects or to cover scientific apparatus or to contain gases)

binder; ring-binder (holds loose papers or magazines)

back; binding; book binding; cover (the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book)

blind; screen (something that keeps things out or hinders sight)

armguard; bracer (a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports)

cap (something serving as a cover or protection)

cloche (a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold)

coaster (a covering (plate or mat) that protects the surface of a table (i.e., from the condensation on a cold glass or bottle))

cold frame (protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the cold)

heat shield (a protective covering that protects a spacecraft from overheating on reentry)

escutcheon; finger plate; scutcheon (a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers)

fall-board; fallboard (the hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played)

cladding; facing (a protective covering that protects the outside of a building)

faceplate (a protective covering for the front of a machine or device (as a door lock or computer component))

dust cover (a removable plastic protective covering for a piece of equipment)

crystal; watch crystal; watch glass (a protective cover that protects the face of a watch)

Sense 3protection [BACK TO TOP]


Defense against financial failure; financial independence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession


protection; security

Context examples:

his pension gave him security in his old age / insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness

Hypernyms ("protection" is a kind of...):

assets (anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "protection"):

easy street (financial security)

hedge; hedging (any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change)

insurance (promise of reimbursement in the case of loss; paid to people or companies so concerned about hazards that they have made prepayments to an insurance company)

Sense 4protection [BACK TO TOP]


The condition of being protected

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


shelter; protection

Context examples:

they were huddled together for protection / he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home

Hypernyms ("protection" is a kind of...):

security (the state of being free from danger or injury)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "protection"):

indemnity; insurance (protection against future loss)

radioprotection (protection against harmful effects of radiation)

Sense 5protection [BACK TO TOP]


Kindly endorsement and guidance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


aegis; auspices; protection

Context example:

the tournament was held under the auspices of the city council

Hypernyms ("protection" is a kind of...):

endorsement; indorsement (the act of endorsing)

Sense 6protection [BACK TO TOP]


The imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


trade protection; protection

Context example:

he made trade protection a plank in the party platform

Hypernyms ("protection" is a kind of...):

imposition; infliction (the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo))

Sense 7protection [BACK TO TOP]


Payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


tribute; protection

Context example:

every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection

Hypernyms ("protection" is a kind of...):

extortion (the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence))

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