Shield (disambiguation)

A shield is a hand-held protective device meant to intercept attacks.

Shield may also refer to:



Forms of protection

From attack

  • Human shield, the use of civilians to deter an attack in warfare
  • Riot shield, used by police forces around the world for crowd control purposes

From radiation

Other forms of protection


  • Écu ("shield" in French), unit of currency, historically used in France
  • Escudo ("shield" in Portuguese and Spanish), unit of currency, historically used in Portugal, Spain, and their former colonies, and still used in Cape Verde to this day
  • Scudo (disambiguation) ("shield" in Italian), a unit of currency, historically used in Bolivia, several former Italian states, and Malta
  • Shield nickel, the first United States five cent piece to be made out of copper-nickel

Geography and geology

  • Shield (geology), a large area of exposed rocks that is tectonically stable
  • Hydraulic shield, erosion on water courses erode smaller particles of soil, until the remaining (the larger ones) protect against hydraulic soil erosion
  • Shield Nunatak, a prominent nunatak in Antarctica
  • Shield volcano, a type of volcano usually built almost entirely of fluid lava flows

Arts, entertainment, and media

Fictional entities

  • Shield (Archie Comics), one of several fictional patriotic superheroes
  • Shield (Artemis Fowl), in the Artemis Fowl novel series, a magical ability possessed by fairies
  • S.H.I.E.L.D., a fictional agency in the Marvel comics universe, led by Nick Fury
  • Scyld Scefing (or Shield Sheafson), a legendary Danish king in the epic poem Beowulf



Other uses in arts, entertainment, and media

  • "Shield" (song), a song by Deep Purple on the album The Book of Taliesyn
  • Shield (1963), a science-fiction novel by Poul Anderson
  • Shield of Heracles, an archaic Greek epic poem attributed to Hesiod, concerning the expedition of Heracles and Iolaus against Cycnus


  • Baskerville Shield, a trophy awarded to the winner of rugby league test series between Great Britain and New Zealand
  • County Antrim Shield, a Northern Irish football competition
  • County Championship Shield, formed in 2008 and originally played for by second tier teams in the RFU County Championship
  • FA Community Shield, an English football trophy
  • IFA Shield, an annual football competition organized by the Indian Football Association
  • Indonesian Community Shield, a pre-season football competition held the week before the season begins in Indonesia every year
  • Istanbul Shield, a Turkish football tournament which organised between 1930 and 1939
  • J. J. Giltinan Shield, an Australian rugby league football trophy
  • Johan Cruyff Shield, a football trophy in the Netherlands named after legendary Dutch football player Johan Cruyff, also often referred to as the Dutch Super Cup
  • League Leaders' Shield, a trophy awarded to the team finishing the season top of Super League in the sport of rugby league football
  • Sheffield Shield, a perpetual shield awarded to the Australian state cricket team that wins the final
  • Supporters' Shield, an annual award given to the Major League Soccer team with the best regular season record, as determined by the MLS points system
  • Thacker Shield, a rugby league football trophy awarded to the winner of a match between the champion clubs of the Canterbury Rugby League and West Coast Rugby League
  • The Shield (professional wrestling), a professional wrestling stable in WWE

Technology and transportation

Other uses

  • Shield (heraldry), the principal portion of a coat of arms
  • Highway shield, a sign displaying the name and/or number of the road along which it is placed
  • Shielding effect, in chemistry, reduced attraction of electrons to an atomic nucleus

See also

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