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Shelter


SHEL'TER, noun [Latin celo.]

1. That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance. A house is a shelter from rain and other inclemencies of the weather; the foliage of a tree is a shelter from the rays of the sun.

The healing plant shall aid,

From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade. Pope.

2. The state of being covered and protected; protection; security.

Who into shelter takes their tender bloom. Young.

3. He that defends or guards from danger.

SHEL'TER, verb transitive

1. To cover from violence, injury, annoyance or attack; as a valley sheltered from the north wind by a mountain.

Those ruins shelter'd once his sacred head. Dryden.

We besought the deep shelter to us. Milton.

2. To defend; to protect from danger; to secure or render safe; to harbor.

What endless shall you gain,

to save and shelter Troy's unhappy train? Dryden.

3. To betake to cover or a safe place.

They sheltered themselves under a rock. Abbot.

4. To cover from notice; to disguise for protection.

In vain I strove to check my growing flame,

Or shelter passion under friendship's name. Prior.

SHEL'TER, verb intransitive To take shelter

There the Indian herdsman shunning heat,

Shelters in cool. Milton.