shield - definition and synonyms

 
 
noun [countable] 

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/ʃiːld/
singularshield
pluralshields
  1. 1
    an object that soldiers carried in the past to protect themselves from being hit
    1. c.
      someone or something that protects you from harm or bad experiences
      shield against:

      weapons systems designed to provide a shield against nuclear attack

      My relationship with my sister was a shield against the ugliness of our childhood.