from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that provides cover or protection, as from the weather.
- n. A refuge; a haven.
- n. An establishment that provides temporary housing for homeless people.
- n. The state of being covered or protected.
- transitive v. To provide cover or protection for.
- transitive v. To invest (income) to protect it from taxation.
- intransitive v. To take cover; find refuge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something
- n. An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc
- v. To provide cover
- v. To take cover
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen.
- n. One who protects; a guardian; a defender.
- n. The state of being covered and protected; protection; security.
- transitive v. To be a shelter for; to provide with a shelter; to cover from injury or annoyance; to shield; to protect.
- transitive v. To screen or cover from notice; to disguise.
- transitive v. To betake to cover, or to a safe place; -- used reflexively.
- intransitive v. To take shelter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cover or defense from exposure, attack, injury, distress, annoyance, or the like; whatever shields or serves as a protection, as from the weather, attack, etc.; a place of protection: as, a shelter from the rain or wind; a shelter for the friendless.
- n. The protection or immunity from attack, exposure, distress, etc., afforded by a place or thing; refuge; asylum.
- n. Synonyms Screen, shield.
- n. Cover, covert, sanctuary, haven. See the verb.
- To protect from exposure, attack, injury, distress, or the like; afford cover or protection to; hence, to harbor: as, to shelter thieves.
- To place under cover or shelter; seek shelter or protection for; house; with a reflexive pronoun, to take refuge; betake one's self to cover or a safe place.
- Synonyms To Defend, Protect, etc. (see keep), shield, screen, shroud, house, ensconce, hide.
- To take shelter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons
- v. invest (money) so that it is not taxable
- n. protective covering that provides protection from the weather
- n. a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
- v. provide shelter for
- n. the condition of being protected
- n. a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings
Perhaps from Middle English sheltron, tight battle formation, from Old English scildtruma : scield, shield; see shield + truma, troop.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)