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something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.
the protection or refuge afforded by such a thing: He took shelter in a nearby barn.
protection from blame, incrimination, etc.
a dwelling place or home considered as a refuge from the elements: Everyone's basic needs are food, clothing, and shelter.
a building serving as a temporary refuge or residence for homeless persons, abandoned animals, etc.
Finance. tax shelter.
verb (used with object)
to be a shelter for; afford shelter to: The old barn sheltered him from the rain.
to provide with a shelter; place under cover.
to protect, as by shelter; take under one's protection: Parents should not try to shelter their children from normal childhood disappointments.
Finance. to invest (money) in a tax shelter.
verb (used without object)
to take shelter; find a refuge: He sheltered in a barn.
Finance. to invest money in a tax shelter.

1575–85; perhaps alteration of obsolete sheltron testudo, Old English scieldtruma, equivalent to scield shield + truma body of fighting men; see trim

shelterer, noun
shelteringly, adverb
shelterless, adjective
shelterlessness, noun
self-shelter, noun
unsheltering, adjective

1. retreat, asylum, sanctuary, shield, haven, harbor. See cover. 7. harbor, house. 9. guard, safeguard, shield, defend.
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shelter (ˈʃɛltə)
1.  something that provides cover or protection, as from weather or danger; place of refuge
2.  the protection afforded by such a cover; refuge
3.  the state of being sheltered
4.  (tr) to provide with or protect by a shelter
5.  (intr) to take cover, as from rain; find refuge
6.  (tr) to act as a shelter for; take under one's protection
[C16: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

1585, "structure affording protection," possibly an alteration of M.E. sheltron, sheldtrume "roof or wall formed by locked shields," from O.E. scyldtruma, from scield "shield" (see shield) + truma "troop," related to O.E. trum "firm, strong" (see
trim). The notion is of a compact body of men protected by interlocking shields. Fig. sense is recorded from 1588; meaning "temporary lodging for homeless poor" is first recorded 1890 in Salvation Army jargon; sense of "temporary home for animals" is from 1971. The verb is first attested 1590; in the income investment sense, from 1955. Sheltered "protected from the usual hardships of life" is from 1888.
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