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    • 1. 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. Similar bucklertargethielamanescutcheon
    • 2. a person or thing providing protection: "a protective coating of grease provides a shield against abrasive dirt" Similar protectionguarddefensecover


    • 1. protect (someone or something) from a danger, risk, or unpleasant experience: "he pulled the cap lower to shield his eyes from the glare"
    • 2. remain apart from others for a period of time in order to avoid catching an infectious disease to which one may be particularly vulnerable: British "they are shielding to protect their own health"