Meaning of SHELTER in English


— shelterer , n. — shelteringly , adv. — shelterless , adj. — shelterlessness , n.

/shel"teuhr/ , n.

1. something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.

2. the protection or refuge afforded by such a thing: He took shelter in a nearby barn.

3. protection from blame, incrimination, etc.

4. a dwelling place or home considered as a refuge from the elements: Everyone's basic needs are food, clothing, and shelter.

5. a building serving as a temporary refuge or residence for homeless persons, abandoned animals, etc.

6. Finance. See tax shelter .


7. to be a shelter for; afford shelter to: The old barn sheltered him from the rain.

8. to provide with a shelter; place under cover.

9. to protect, as by shelter; take under one's protection: Parents should not try to shelter their children from normal childhood disappointments.

10. Finance. to invest (money) in a tax shelter.


11. to take shelter; find a refuge: He sheltered in a barn.

12. Finance. to invest money in a tax shelter.

[ 1575-85; perh. alter. of obs. sheltron testudo, OE scieldtruma, equiv. to scield SHIELD + truma body of fighting men; see TRIM ]

Syn. 1. retreat, asylum, sanctuary, shield, haven, harbor. See cover. 7. harbor, house. 9. guard, safeguard, shield, defend.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .