Meaning of SHIELD in English



Pronunciation: ' sh ē ld

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English sheld, from Old English scield; akin to Old High German scilt shield and probably to Old English sciell shell

Date: before 12th century

1 : a broad piece of defensive armor carried on the arm

2 : one that protects or defends : DEFENSE


4 a : a device or part that serves as a protective cover or barrier b : a protective structure (as a carapace, scale, or plate) of some animals

5 : ESCUTCHEON especially : one that is wide at the top and rounds to a point at the bottom

6 : the Precambrian nuclear mass of a continent that is surrounded and sometimes covered by sedimentary rocks

7 : something resembling a shield: as a : APOTHECIUM b : a police officer's badge c : a decorative or identifying emblem

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.