1. The act of protecting, or the state of being protected; preservation from loss, injury, or annoyance; defense; shelter; as, the weak need protection.
To your protection I commend me, gods. --Shak.
2. That which protects or preserves from injury; a defense; a shield; a refuge.
Let them rise up . . . and be your protection. --Deut. xxxii. 38.
3. A writing that protects or secures from molestation or arrest; a pass; a safe-conduct; a passport.
He . . . gave them protections under his hand. --Macaulay.
4. Polit. Econ. 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.
Writ of protection. Law (a) A writ by which the king formerly exempted a person from arrest; -- now disused. [Eng.] --Blackstone. (b) A judicial writ issued to a person required to attend court, as party, juror, etc., intended to secure him from arrest in coming, staying, and returning.
Syn: -- Preservation; defense; guard; shelter; refuge; security; safety.
n 1: the activity of protecting someone or something; "the
witnesses demanded police protection"
2: a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury;
"they had no protection from the fallout"; "wax provided
protection for the floors" [syn: protective covering, protective
3: defense against financial failure; financial independence;
"his pension gave him security in his old age"; "insurance
provided protection against loss of wages due to illness"
4: the condition of being protected; "they were huddled
together for protection"; "he enjoyed a sense of peace and
protection in his new home" [syn: shelter]
5: kindly endorsement and guidance; "the tournament was held
under the auspices of the city council" [syn: auspices,
6: the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to
protect domestic industry against foreign competition; "he
made trade protection a plank in the party platform" [syn:
7: payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence; "every
store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection" [syn: