Definitions of shield

  1. To protect with, or as with, a sheltering screen; defend.
  2. To protect; defend.
  3. To cover, as with a shield; to protect.
  4. To cover as with a shield; to protect; toward off; to defend.
  5. a protective covering or structure
  6. hold back a thought or feeling about; " She is harboring a grudge against him"
  7. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
  8. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
  9. In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
  10. The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of Escutcheon.
  11. A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
  12. A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield.
  13. A coin, the old French crown, or ecu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
  14. To cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury.
  15. To ward off; to keep off or out.
  16. To avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory exclamation, forbid!
  17. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, - formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body. See Buckler.
  18. A broad plate worn for defence on the left arm: defence: a person who protects: an escutcheon.
  19. Piece of defensive armor borne on the left arm; defence; escutcheon.
  20. A broad piece of defensive armor, eommonly carried on the left arm; a defense or defender; shelter.
  21. A broad piece of defensive armour; a buckler; defence; protection; the escutcheon or field of a coat- of- arms.
  22. In former times, a broad plate borne on the left arm as defensive armour in battle or single contest; defence; shelter; one who defends or protects; in bot., one of the little cups or discs containing the fructification of lichens; in geol., a shell or covering; in her., the escutcheon or field on which are blazoned the bearings in coats of arms.
  23. A protecting structure such as a carapace or lorica.