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Shield


SHIELD, verb transitive

1. To cover, as with a shield; to cover from dasnger; to defend; to protect; to secure form assault or injury.

To see the son the vanquish'd father shield. Dryden.

Hear one that comes to shield his injur'd honor. Smith.

2. To ward off; to defend against; as clothes shield one from the cold.