Shell-lac to Shield
(Shell"-lac`, Shel"lac`) n. [Shell + lac a resinous substance; cf. D. shellak, G. schellack.]
See the Note under 2d Lac.
(Shell"ap`ple), n. (Zoöl.) See Sheldafle.
(Shell"bark`) n. (Bot.) A species of hickory (Carya alba) whose outer bark is loose and peeling; a
shagbark; also, its nut.
(Shelled) a. (Zoöl.) Having a shell.
(Shell"er) n. One who, or that which, shells; as, an oyster sheller; a corn sheller.
(Shell"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) Any aquatic animal whose external covering consists of a shell, either
testaceous, as in oysters, clams, and other mollusks, or crustaceous, as in lobsters and crabs.
(Shell"ing), n. Groats; hulled oats. Simmonds.
(Shell"-less), a. Having no shell. J. Burroughs.
(Shell"proof`) a. Capable of resisting bombs or other shells; bombproof.
(Shell"work`) n. Work composed of shells, or adorned with them. Cotgrave.
(Shell"y) a. Abounding with shells; consisting of shells, or of a shell. "The shelly shore." Prior.
Shrinks backward in his shelly cave.Shak.
(Shel"ter) n. [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, n.]
1. That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen.
The sick and weak the healing plant shall aid,Pope.
From storms a shelter, and from heat a shade.
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) v. 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,Prior.
Or shelter passion under friendship's name.