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Webster 1913 Edition


Shelter

Shel′ter

,
Noun.
[Cf. OE.
scheltrun
,
shiltroun
,
schelltrome
,
scheldtrome
, a guard, squadron, AS.
scildtruma
a troop of men with shields;
scild
shield +
truma
a band of men. See
Shield
,
Noun.
]
1.
That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen.
The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid,
From storms a
shelter
, and from heat a shade.
Pope.
2.
One who protects; a guardian; a defender.
Thou [God] hast been a
shelter
for me.
Ps. lxi. 3.
3.
The state of being covered and protected; protection; security.
Who into
shelter
takes their tender bloom.
Young.
Shelter tent
,
a small tent made of pieces of cotton duck arranged to button together. In field service the soldiers carry the pieces.
Syn. – Asylum; refuge; retreat; covert; sanctuary; protection; defense; security.

Shel′ter

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Sheltered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Sheltering
.]
1.
To be a shelter for; to provide with a shelter; to cover from injury or annoyance; to shield; to protect.
Those ruins
sheltered
once his sacred head.
Dryden.
You have no convents . . . in which such persons may be received and
sheltered
.
Southey.
2.
To screen or cover from notice; to disguise.
In vain I strove to cheek my growing flame,
Or
shelter
passion under friendship’s name.
Prior.
3.
To betake to cover, or to a safe place; – used reflexively.
They
sheltered
themselves under a rock.
Abp. Abbot.

Shel′ter

,
Verb.
I.
To take shelter.
There oft the Indian herdsman, shunning heat,
Shelters
in cool.
Milton.

Webster 1828 Edition


Shelter

SHEL'TER

,
Noun.
[L. celo.]
1. That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance. A house is a shelter from rain and other inclemencies of the weather; the foliage of a tree is a shelter from the rays of the sun.
The healing plant shall aid,
From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade. Pope.
2. The state of being covered and protected; protection; security.
Who into shelter takes their tender bloom. Young.
3. He that defends or guards from danger.

SHEL'TER

,
Verb.
T.
1. To cover from violence, injury, annoyance or attack; as a valley sheltered from the north wind by a mountain.
Those ruins shelter'd once his sacred head. Dryden.
We besought the deep shelter to us. Milton.
2. To defend; to protect from danger; to secure or render safe; to harbor.
What endless shall you gain,
to save and shelter Troy's unhappy train? Dryden.
3. To betake to cover or a safe place.
They sheltered themselves under a rock. Abbot.
4. To cover from notice; to disguise for protection.
In vain I strove to check my growing flame,
Or shelter passion under friendship's name. Prior.

SHEL'TER

,
Verb.
I.
To take shelter.
There the Indian herdsman shunning heat,

Definition 2022


shelter

shelter

English

A bus shelter in Reykjavik, Iceland

Noun

shelter (plural shelters)

  1. A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 7, in Well Tackled!:
      The detective kept them in view. He made his way casually along the inside of the shelter until he reached an open scuttle close to where the two men were standing talking. Eavesdropping was not a thing Larard would have practised from choice, but there were times when, in the public interest, he had to do it, and this was one of them.
  2. An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc.

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Verb

shelter (third-person singular simple present shelters, present participle sheltering, simple past and past participle sheltered)

  1. (transitive) To provide cover from damage or harassment; to shield; to protect.
    • Dryden
      Those ruins sheltered once his sacred head.
    • Southey
      You have no convents [] in which such persons may be received and sheltered.
  2. (intransitive) To take cover.
    During the rainstorm, we sheltered under a tree.

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