Webster 1913 Edition
One who or that which defends or protects by warding off harm; as:
A screen to prevent coals or sparks of an open fire from escaping to the floor.
Anything serving as a cushion to lessen the shock when a vessel comes in contact with another vessel or a wharf.
A screen to protect a carriage from mud thrown off the wheels: also, a splashboard.
Anything set up to protect an exposed angle, as of a house, from damage by carriage wheels.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That which defends; an utensil employed to hinder coals of fire from rolling forward to the floor.
2.A piece of timber or other thing hung over the side of a vessel to prevent it from striking or rubbing against a wharf, also to preserve a small vessel from being injured by a large one.