Meaning of SHIELD in English

SHIELD

I. noun Etymology: Middle English sheld, from Old English scield; akin to Old High German scilt ~ and probably to Old English sciell shell Date: before 12th century a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm, one that protects or defends ; defense , dress ~ , 4. a device or part that serves as a protective cover or barrier, a protective structure (as a carapace, scale, or plate) of some animals, escutcheon , the Precambrian nuclear mass of a continent that is surrounded and sometimes covered by sedimentary rocks, something resembling a ~: as, apothecium , a police officer's badge, a decorative or identifying emblem, II. transitive verb Date: before 12th century 1. to protect with or as if with a ~ ; provide with a protective cover or shelter, to cut off from observation ; hide , forbid , see: defend ~er noun

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