Advertisement

shield (n.)

Old English scield, scild "shield; protector, defense," literally "board," from Proto-Germanic *skelduz (source also of Old Norse skjöldr, Old Saxon skild, Middle Dutch scilt, Dutch schild, German Schild, Gothic skildus), from *skel- "divide, split, separate," from PIE root *skel- (1) "to cut." Perhaps the notion is of a flat piece of wood made by splitting a log. Shield volcano (1911) translates German Schildvulkan (1910). Plate tectonics sense is from 1906, translating Suess (1888).

shield (v.)

Old English gescildan, from the root of shield (n.). Related: Shielded; shielding. Compare German scilden.

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of shield from WordNet
1
shield (n.)
a protective covering or structure;
shield (n.)
armor carried on the arm to intercept blows;
Synonyms: buckler
shield (n.)
hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles;
Synonyms: carapace / shell / cuticle
2
shield (v.)
protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm;
Synonyms: screen
shield (v.)
hold back a thought or feeling about;
Synonyms: harbor / harbour
From wordnet.princeton.edu