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SHIELD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shield mean? 

SHIELD (noun)
  The noun SHIELD has 3 senses:

1. a protective covering or structure
2. armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
3. hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

  Familiarity information: SHIELD used as a noun is uncommon.


SHIELD (verb)
  The verb SHIELD has 2 senses:

1. protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
2. hold back a thought or feeling about

  Familiarity information: SHIELD used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHIELD (noun)


Sense 1shield [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A protective covering or structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

protection; protective cover; protective covering (a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury)

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

nipple shield (a rubber or plastic shield to protect the nipples of nursing women)

plate; scale; shell (a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners))

shielding (a shield of lead or concrete intended as a barrier to radiation emitted in nuclear decay)

shielding (shield consisting of an arrangement of metal mesh or plates designed to protect electronic equipment from ambient electromagnetic interference)


Sense 2shield [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Armor carried on the arm to intercept blows

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

buckler; shield

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

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

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

pavis; pavise ((Middle Ages) a large heavy oblong shield protecting the whole body; originally carried but sometimes set up in permanent position)

escutcheon; scutcheon (a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms)


Sense 3shield [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

carapace; cuticle; shell; shield

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

scute (large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle or the underside of a snake)

Meronyms (substance of "shield"):

shell (the material that forms the hard outer covering of many animals)

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

cuticula (the outer body wall of an insect)

Holonyms ("shield" is a part of...):

turtle (any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming)

arthropod (invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin)

mollusc; mollusk; shellfish (invertebrate having a soft unsegmented body usually enclosed in a shell)


SHIELD (verb)


Sense 1shield [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

shield; screen

Hypernyms (to "shield" is one way to...):

protect (shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2shield [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hold back a thought or feeling about

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

shield; harbour; harbor

Context example:

She is harboring a grudge against him

Hypernyms (to "shield" is one way to...):

conceal; hide (prevent from being seen or discovered)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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