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shield

shield

 
pronunciation:
shild
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a piece of protective armor, made of any of various tough materials, usu. worn on the forearm to ward off missiles or blows from hand weapons.
 
synonyms:
escutcheon
definition 2: a representation of this piece of armor, used as a badge, part of a coat of arms, or the like.
synonyms:
escutcheon
definition 3: any of various protective structures, layers, or devices.
synonyms:
bulwark, cover, guard, screen, shell
similar words:
defense, protection, safeguard, security
definition 4: one who protects.
She is my shield against sorrow.
synonyms:
defender, guardian, protector
similar words:
guard, protection, safeguard, screen, security
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: shielded, shielding, shields
definition 1: to protect (a person or thing) by or as if by using a shield.
synonyms:
protect
antonyms:
expose
similar words:
defend, ensconce, guard, mask, safeguard, screen, secure, shelter
definition 2: to protect by or as if by hiding or concealing (someone).
He tried to shield his children from unpleasant truths.
synonyms:
shelter
antonyms:
expose
similar words:
conceal, hide, screen, shroud
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to act as a shield or protector.
synonyms:
guard
similar words:
defend, protect
derivations: shieldless (adj.), shieldlike (adj.), shielder (n.)