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

Shield \Shield\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Shielded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shielding}.] [AS. scidan, scyldan. See {Shield}, noun]

1. To cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury.

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! [Obs.]

God shield that it should so befall. --Chaucer.

God shield I should disturb devotion! --Shak.

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

Shield \Shield\, noun [OE. sheld, scheld, AS. scield, scild, sceld, scyld; akin to OS. scild, OFries. skeld, D. & G. schild, OHG. scilt, Icel. skj["o]ldr, Sw. sk["o]ld, Dan. skiold, Goth. skildus; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Sheldrake}.]

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. "My council is my shield." --Shak.

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. "Bespotted as with shields of red and black." --Spenser.

8. A coin, the old French crown, or ['e]cu, having on one side the figure of a shield. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

{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}.

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

shield

noun

1: a protective covering or structure

2: armor carried on the arm to intercept blows [syn: {shield}, {buckler}]

3: hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles [syn: {carapace}, {shell}, {cuticle}, {shield}]

verb

1: protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm [syn: {shield}, {screen}]

2: hold back a thought or feeling about; "She is harboring a grudge against him" [syn: {harbor}, {harbour}, {shield}]

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