from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of protecting.
  • n. The condition of being protected.
  • n. One that protects.
  • n. A pass guaranteeing safe-conduct to travelers.
  • n. A system of tariffs or other measures protecting domestic producers from foreign competition.
  • n. A contraceptive or barrier that lowers the risk of pregnancy or infection, especially a condom.
  • n. Slang Money extorted by racketeers threatening violence for nonpayment.
  • n. Slang Bribes paid to officials by racketeers for immunity from prosecution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of keeping (something or someone) safe.
  • n. The state of being safe.
  • n. A contraceptive device.
  • n. Coverage.
  • n. Immunity from harm obtained by illegal payments, as bribery or extortion.
  • n. Restrictions on foreign competitors that limit their ability to compete with domestic producers of goods or services.
  • n. An instance of a security token associated with a resource (such as a file.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of protecting, or the state of being protected; preservation from loss, injury, or annoyance; defense; shelter.
  • n. That which protects or preserves from injury; a defense; a shield; a refuge.
  • n. A writing that protects or secures from molestation or arrest; a pass; a safe-conduct; a passport.
  • n. A theory, or a policy, of protecting the producers in a country from foreign competition in the home market by the imposition of such discriminating duties on goods of foreign production as will restrict or prevent their importation; -- opposed to free trade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of protecting, or the state of being protected; defense; shelter or preservation from loss, injury, or any form of harm or evil: as, the protection of good laws; divine protection.
  • n. That which protects or shields from harm; something that preserves from injury: as, camphor serves as a protection against moths.
  • n. A writing that guarantees protection; a passport, safe-conduct, or other writing which secures the bearer from molestation; especially, a certificate of nationality issued by the customs authorities of the United States to seamen who are American citizens.
  • n. In political economics, the theory, doctrine, or system of fostering or developing the industries of a country by means of imposts on products of the industries imported into that country; the discouragement of foreign competition with the industries of a country by imposing import duties, granting monopolies of commerce, etc.
  • n. A writ issued to a person required to attend court as witness, juror, etc., to secure him from arrest for a certain time. Synonyms Guard, refuge, security.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the activity of protecting someone or something
  • n. the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition
  • n. the condition of being protected
  • n. kindly endorsement and guidance
  • n. a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
  • n. defense against financial failure; financial independence
  • n. payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old French, from stem of Latin protectio ("a covering over"), from protectus, past participle of protegere ("to protect, to cover in front")



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