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noun 
  1. (Armor) A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body.
Quotations
  • 1599: Knocks go and come; God's vassals drop and die; And sword and shield, In bloody field, Doth win immortal fame. — William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act III, Scene II, line 8.
  • 1786: The shields used by our Norman ancestors were the triangular or heater shield, the target or buckler, the roundel or rondache, and the pavais, pavache, or tallevas. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22.
    1. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
  • Quotations
  • 1592: Go muster men. My counsel is my shield; We must be brief when traitors brave the field. — William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act 4, Scene 3, line 56.
    1. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
  • Quotations
  • 1611: Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. The Holy Bible, King James Version, Genesis 15:1.
    1. (botany) In lichens, a hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
    2. (heraldry) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms.
    3. (geology) A large expanse of exposed stable Precambrian rock.
    4. (mining) (Mining) A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
    5. A spot resembling, or having the form of a shield.
  • Bespotted as with shields of red and black. Spenser.
    1. (obsolete) A coin, the old French crown, or écu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
    2. (scifi) A field of energy which protects or defends.
    3. (colloquial) A police badge
    Quotations
  • The chief put something in his hand and Bosch looked down to see the gold detective's . http://www.michaelconnelly.com/Book_Collection/Closers/ClosersExcerpt/closersexcerpt.html
    1. (transport) A sign or symbol, usually containing numbers and sometimes letters, identifying a highway route.
  • Translations: 
    • Dutch: wegwijzer , plaat
    • French: bouclier(fr)m
    • German: Schutz(de)m
    • Italian: protezione(it, scudo, m, {{t+, it)f
    • Spanish: escudo(es)m
    verb 
    1. To protect, to defend.
      • 2004: w: Chris Wallace (journalist), Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      • :Shots rang out and a 15-year-old boy, shielding a woman from the line of fire, was killed.
        1. (electricity) to protect from the influence of
    Translations: 
    • Dutch: afschermen
    • French: protéger(fr)
    • German: beschí¼tzen(de)
    • Italian: proteggere(it)
    • Spanish: proteger(es)
    Etymology: Old English scield


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