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Definition of shield:

  1. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, - formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the body. See Buckler.
  2. A coin, the old French crown, or ecu, having on one side the figure of a shield.
  3. A framework used to protect workmen in making an adit under ground, and capable of being pushed along as excavation progresses.
  4. A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield.
  5. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter; protection.
  6. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
  7. In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
  8. The escutcheon or field on which are placed the bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of Escutcheon.
  9. To avert, as a misfortune; hence, as a supplicatory exclamation, forbid!
  10. To cover with, or as with, a shield; to cover from danger; to defend; to protect from assault or injury.
  11. To ward off; to keep off or out.


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