shield Definition

  • 1a broad piece of metal, wood, or another material, often with a handle, carried as a personal protection against blows or missiles
  • 2protect someone or something from a danger, risk, or unpleasant experience

Using shield: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shield" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The knight held his shield in front of him.

  • Example

    The police used shields to protect themselves from the protesters.

  • Example

    The vaccine will shield you from the flu.

  • Example

    She shielded her eyes from the bright sun.

shield Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for shield

Phrases with shield

  • protected from something harmful


    He hid behind a shield to avoid getting hit by the ball.

  • to protect oneself from something harmful


    She raised a shield to protect herself from the harsh criticism.

  • to protect someone from something harmful


    She shielded her children from the violence on TV.

Origins of shield

Old English 'sceald', meaning 'a board or plank'


Summary: shield in Brief

A 'shield' [ʃiːld] is a protective device made of metal, wood, or other materials that is carried by hand. It can also mean to protect someone or something from danger or harm. Examples include 'The knight held his shield in front of him' and 'The vaccine will shield you from the flu.' Phrases include 'behind a shield,' 'raise a shield,' and 'shield someone from something.'

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