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.

You have no convents . . . in which such persons may be received and sheltered.

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.

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.

(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,
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.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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