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English definition of “shield”

shield

noun [C]     /ʃiːld/
C2 in the past, a large, flat object made of metal or leather that soldiers held in front of their bodies to protect themselvesHand weaponsHandguns and rifles a large, flat object made of strong plastic that police officers hold in front of their bodies to protect themselves: The police held up their riot shields against the flying rocks and bricks.Hand weaponsHandguns and rifles something or someone used as protection or providing protection: The anti-personnel mines were laid as a protective shield around the town. Anger can function as a shield against (= a way of avoiding) even more painful emotions of loss and hurt.Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issues a flat object with two straight sides, a rounded or pointed lower edge, and usually a straight top edge, on which there is a coat of armsSpecific signs and symbolsSigns, signals and symbols an object shaped like a shield that is given as a prize or used as a symbol or badge: Our school won the county football shield this year.Prizes, rewards and medals
(Definition of shield noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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