Shel·ter, v. i. To take shelter.
There oft the Indian herdsman, shunning heat,
Shelters in cool. --Milton.
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. --Pope.
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. --Young.
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. --Dryden.
You have no convents . . . in which such persons may be received and sheltered. --Southey.
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. --Prior.
3. To betake to cover, or to a safe place; -- used reflexively.
They sheltered themselves under a rock. --Abp. Abbot.
n 1: a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
2: protective covering that provides protection from the
3: the condition of being protected; "they were huddled
together for protection"; "he enjoyed a sense of peace and
protection in his new home" [syn: protection]
4: a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay
on current earnings [syn: tax shelter]
5: temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons
v 1: provide shelter for; "After the earthquake, the government
could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless
2: invest (money) so that it is not taxable