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  • n. A compact body of troops forming a battle array, shield wall or phalanx

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A body of troops in battle array; a squadron; a battalion.
  • n. Shelter; refuge; defense. See shelter.

Etymologies

From Middle English sheltron, sheltrume, from Old English scildtruma ("a phalanx, company (of troops), a tortoise, a covering, shed, shelter", literally "shield-troop"), from scield (“shield”) +‎ truma (“band or troop of men”). More at shield. (Wiktionary)

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