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shield British & World English

A broad piece of metal or another suitable material, held by straps or a handle attached on one side, used as a protection against blows or missiles

shield English Thesaurus

using his shield to fend off blows

heat shield British & World English

A device or coating for protection from excessive heat

shield bug British & World English

A broad shield-shaped bug which is typically brightly coloured or boldly marked. It emits a foul smell when handled or molested

shield fern British & World English

Any of a number of ferns that have circular shield-like scales protecting the spore cases:

shield law British & World English

A law that protects witnesses from revealing certain information, especially in court

dress shield British & World English

A piece of waterproof material fastened in the armpit of a dress to protect it from perspiration

human shield British & World English

A person or group of people held near a potential target to deter attack

Canadian Shield British & World English

A large plateau which occupies over two fifths of the land area of Canada and is drained by rivers flowing into Hudson Bay

shield volcano British & World English

A broad domed volcano with gently sloping sides, characteristic of the eruption of fluid, basaltic lava

gumshield British & World English

A pad or plate held in the mouth by a sports player to protect the teeth and gums

shieldtail snake British & World English

A burrowing snake that has a flat disk formed from an enlarged scale on the upper surface of the tail, native to the rain forests of southern India and Sri Lanka

shield-tailed snake in shieldtail snake British & World English

A burrowing snake that has a flat disk formed from an enlarged scale on the upper surface of the tail, native to the rain forests of southern India and Sri Lanka