4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shelter \Shel"ter\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sheltered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sheltering}.]

1. To be a shelter for; to provide with a shelter; to cover from injury or annoyance; to shield; to protect.

Those ruins sheltered once his sacred head. --Dryden.

You have no convents . . . in which such persons may be received and sheltered. --Southey.

2. To screen or cover from notice; to disguise.

In vain I strove to cheek my growing flame, Or shelter passion under friendship's name. --Prior.

3. To betake to cover, or to a safe place; -- used reflexively.

They sheltered themselves under a rock. --Abp. Abbot.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shelter \Shel"ter\, noun [Cf. OE. scheltrun, shiltroun, schelltrome, scheldtrome, a guard, squadron, AS. scildtruma a troop of men with shields; scild shield + truma a band of men. See {Shield}, noun]

1. That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen.

The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid, From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade. --Pope.

2. One who protects; a guardian; a defender.

Thou [God] hast been a shelter for me. --Ps. lxi. 3.

3. The state of being covered and protected; protection; security.

Who into shelter takes their tender bloom. --Young.

{Shelter tent},a small tent made of pieces of cotton duck arranged to button together. In field service the soldiers carry the pieces.

Syn: Asylum; refuge; retreat; covert; sanctuary; protection; defense; security.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shelter \Shel"ter\, verb (used without an object) To take shelter.

There oft the Indian herdsman, shunning heat, Shelters in cool. --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger

2: protective covering that provides protection from the weather

3: the condition of being protected; "they were huddled together for protection"; "he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home" [syn: {protection}, {shelter}]

4: a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings [syn: {tax shelter}, {shelter}]

5: temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons


1: provide shelter for; "After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people"

2: invest (money) so that it is not taxable

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