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Definition of the noun shelter

What does shelter mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shelters

  1. a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
  2. protective covering that provides protection from the weather
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: protection / protective cover / protective covering = a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
    • more specific terms:
      • bell cote / bell cot = a small shelter for bells
      • birdhouse = a shelter for birds
      • canopy = a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
      • cote = a small shelter for domestic animals
      • dog house / doghouse / kennel = outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
      • lean-to = rough shelter whose roof has only one slope
      • roost = a shelter with perches for fowl or other birds
      • sconce = a shelter or screen providing protection from enemy fire or from the weather
      • sentry box = a small shelter with an open front to protect a sentry from the weather
  3. the condition of being protected
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of shelter: protection
    • more generic word: security = the state of being free from danger or injury
    • more specific words:
  4. a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings
  5. temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: housing / living accommodations / lodging = structures collectively in which people are housed
    • more specific terms: refugee camp / camp = shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs

Alternative definition of the noun shelter


  1. A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something
  2. An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc

Definition of the verb shelter

What does shelter mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sheltered | sheltering | shelters

  1. provide shelter for
    • example: After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Frances hid the presents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] from [Recipient]Frances hid the presents from Sally
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] [Locative Preposition] [Location]Frances hid the presents behind the books in the drawer

      Verbs of Concealment (with the same syntax): block, cloister, conceal, curtain, isolate, quarantine, repress, screen, seclude, sequester, suppress.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: furnish / provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
    • more specific terms:
  2. invest (money) so that it is not taxable

Alternative definition of the verb shelter


  1. [transitive] To provide cover
  2. [intransitive] To take cover


  1. "Shelter" is a 2007 American film directed and written by Jonah Markowitz. It stars Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, and Tina Holmes. It was the winner of "Outstanding Film – Limited Release" at the 2009 GLAAD Media Awards, Best New Director and Favorite Narrative Feature at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and the People's Choice Award for Best Feature at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Shelter represents the feature directorial debut of Markowitz.
  2. "Shelter" is a 2008 American supernatural horror thriller film directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, written by Michael Cooney, and starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The film was released as 6 Souls in the United States on March 1, 2013 for video on demand, followed by a limited theatrical release on April 5, 2013.
  3. "Shelter" is a 2010 comedy drama film written by Dragomir Sholev, Razvan Radulescu and Melissa de Raaf and directed by Dragomir Sholev.
  4. "Shelter" is a film, directed by Paul Bettany.
  5. "Shelter" is a 2010 short film directed by Jason Sussberg.
  6. "Shelter" is a 1998 action thriller film written by Max Strom and directed by Scott Paulin.
  7. "Shelter" is a film, directed by Chris Elston.
  8. "Shelter" is a 2011 short drama film written and directed by Ismail Basbeth.
  9. "Shelter" a.k.a. "Shelter Me" is a 2007 drama film directed by Marco S. Puccioni and co-written with Monica Rametta, Heindrun Schleef.
  10. "Shelter" is a 2013 short drama horror and sci-fi film written by Yolanda Ramke and directed by Tobias Andersson.
  11. "Shelter" is a short film, directed by Jeffery Scott Fowler.
    • country: Canada
    • language: English Language
    • released in
  12. "Shelter" is a film, directed by Benno Schoberth.
  13. "Shelter" is a film.
  14. "Shelter" is a 1985 Emmy News and Documentary Award for Outstanding Background/Analysis of a Single Current Story - Programs nominated tv program aired in 1984 in the United States of America.
    • begun in (31 years ago)
    • country: United States of America
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released in (31 years ago)
    • award: - News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Background/Analysis of a Single Current Story - Programs


  1. "Shelter" is the first novel of the "Mickey Bolitar" young-adult series by American crime writer Harlan Coben. The novel was first published on September 15, 2011 through Orion Books.
    • also known as "Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel"
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Crime Fiction, Young-adult fiction, Thriller
    • released on
    • award: - Edgar Award for Best Young Adult nomination for Harlan Coben
  2. "Shelter" is an award-nominated book, written work.
    • author: Susan Palwick
    • genres: Science Fiction, Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • subject: Artificial intelligence
    • copyright: 2007
    • award: - Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel nomination for Susan Palwick
  3. "Shelter" is a play by Gretchen Cryer.
  4. "Shelter" is a book by Chaz Brenchley.
    • genres: Fiction, Speculative fiction, Mystery, Suspense
    • copyright: 1999


"Shelter" is a survival video game developed by Might and Delight for Windows and Mac. It was released on 28 August 2013 after being accepted through Steam Greenlight. In the game players control a mother badger who must protect and feed her cubs while travelling from their burrow to a new one. During the journey the cubs must be fed and are in danger from threats such as birds of prey and wildfires.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • genre: Survival
  • released on
  • official website:


  1. "Shelter" is a song by English indie pop band The xx. It is the seventh track on their début album, xx, and the only track from it that was written and performed without former member Baria Qureshi.
  2. "Shelter" is the fourth studio album by French shoegazing band Alcest. It was released on January 17, 2014 via Prophecy Productions.
  3. "Shelter" is an album by the Brand New Heavies that was released in 1997. It is the only album by the group with Siedah Garrett as a member. Garrett had joined the Brand New Heavies in 1996, but left in early 1998 to concentrate on her own songwriting. As part of the band, she enjoyed a minor hit with a cover of the Carole King-penned song "You've Got a Friend" that was originally made famous by James Taylor. It was the group's only top 10 hit single in the UK, reaching number 9 when released as the third single from the album. Again, though, this song did not appear on the US version of the album. The album also contained the hit "Sometimes", which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart when released in 1997. One of the remixes of "Sometimes" featured the rap vocals of Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest. "You Are The Universe" and "Shelter" were the other singles from the album, and reached positions of #21 and #31 in the UK Singles Chart.
  4. "Shelter" is the second album by American roots rock band Lone Justice, released in 1986.
  5. "Shelter" on suomalaisen stoner metal -yhtyeen Blaken cover-albumi. Se julkaistiin vuonna 2011 levymerkillä Hype Records.
    • artist: Blake
    • released on
  6. "Shelter" is a musical album of Moiré.
  7. "Shelter" is a musical album of Sons Of Korah.
  8. "Shelter" is a musical album of Craig Harris & Tail Gaters Tales.
  9. "Shelter" is a musical single of Lu & Jii Hoo, Louise Ulfstedt, Jori Hulkkonen.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  10. "Shelter" a.k.a. "Ly" is a musical album of Kari Bremnes.
    • read more about Ly
  11. "Shelter" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  12. "Shelter" is a 2011 album by Birdy.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  13. "Shelter" is a musical album of David Lang, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe.
    • released on


Shelter is a Hare Krishna Melodic hardcore/Pop punk band formed by Ray Cappo. Because of the usual Hare Krishna and Hindu-oriented messages in its lyrics, Shelter's genre is often dubbed krishnacore.


  1. The Shelter was an experimental city car of the 1950s and one of the first applications of such a concept.
  2. Shelter is a record label, defunct organization.


Shelter is an Island in Flathead Lake.


  1. Shelter is a registered charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland. It gives advice, information and advocacy to people in need, and tackles the root causes of bad housing by lobbying government and local authorities for new laws and policies to improve the lives of homeless and badly housed people.
  2. Shelter: A shelter is a basic architectural structure or building that provides cover.
  3. Shelter: An ominous disaster forces five survivors to wait out nuclear winter in a secret underground bomb shelter. With limited supplies and nowhere else to go, they struggle against the clock, uncertain if they'll survive until it's safe to return to the surface. As weeks turn into months, one room proves too small for five people. Habits curdle into routine, relationships dissolve, obsessions give way to madness.
  4. Shelter is a 1973 theater production of the play by Gretchen Cryer.
    • award:
      • Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical nomination for Marcia Rodd
      • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design nomination for Tony Walton
      • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design, received by Tony Walton

Phrases with Shelter

Phrases starting with the word Shelter:

  1. Shelter Dog
  2. shelter deck
  3. shelter tent

Phrases ending with the word Shelter:

  1. Bus Shelter
  2. tax shelter
  3. bomb shelter
  4. Rock shelter
  5. Animal shelter
  6. I Need Shelter
  7. fallout shelter
  8. air-raid shelter
  9. Fall-Out Shelter
  10. Homeless shelter
  11. collapsible shelter
  12. Bastard Noise - Igor Krutogolov - Chaos As Shelter

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shelter

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Google previewThe Tao of Wu (2009)

by The RZA

Obviously, food is nourishment, shelter is a home, and clothing is protection. But mental food is food from...

And mental shelter is the mind's protection from the evil atmosphere—the lies and corruption of the outside world. So if you have these ...

Google previewAttacks of Terror (2003)

Surviving the Unthinkable by J. Earnest

A managed shelter is a permanent, maintained, and stocked shelter designed to protect you in the event of a nuclear, radiological, biological, or chemical ter— rorist attack. Managed shelters are generally maintained and supervised by ...

Google previewAddress Unknown (2009)

The Homeless in America by James D. Wright

Next to, or perhaps ahead of, the need for temporary shelter is the need for adequate nutrition. There are places where destitute people can get a free meal in almost every city of any appreciable size; indeed, the breadlines have returned on a ...

Google previewReproducible Copies of Federal Tax Forms and Instructions (1994)

—A person principally responsible for organizing a tax shelter is any person who discovers, creates, investigates, or initiates the investment, devises the business or financial plans for the investment, or carries ...

Google previewReproducible Federal Tax Forms for Use in Libraries (1993)

by United States. Internal Revenue Service

—A person principally responsible for organizing a tax shelter is any person who discovers, creates, investigates, or initiates the investment, devises the business or financial plans for the investment, or carries ...

Google previewCamping & Wilderness Survival (2006)

The Ultimate Outdoors Book by Paul Tawrell

The ideal shelter and sleeping shelter is a tent that is insect-proof, with a waterproof bottom and a waterproof ground sheet below the tent. The tent should be high enough so that you can dress in the tent.This will help you avoid getting bitten ...

Google previewTornadoes (2012)

by Tamra B. Orr

An in-residence shelter is a windowless room within a house, such as a closet, utility room, or bathroom. Family members can go there to escape a passing tornado. The greatest danger of a tornado is flying debris. So researchers tested the ...

Google previewA Small Furry Prayer (2010)

Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steven Kotler

The Española shelter is a long, low brick building comprised of a main reception room, a few offices, a small vet clinic, and a warehouse of dogs. Making Sophie's choice involves combing that warehouse to select one dog who will live from the ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Group Activities, CD-ROM Included (2011)

by Lorraine L. Ukens

Shelter. Goals 1. To collaborate as a team in accomplishing a task. 2. To build cohesion in a group. 3. To apply creative problem-solving skills. 4. To develop a plan for use of available resources. Group Size Several groups of four or five ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

*SHELTER. n.s. IOf this word the etymology is unknown: Skinner deduces it from shell, Davies from syld, a shield, Saxon.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Water Science (Print) (2003)

by Bobby A. Stewart, Terry Howell

Meteorological variables such as radiation and wind are altered under the shelter ,'1' but with limited rainfall duration, the effect on crop growth is minimal. The main limitation of rainfall shelters is the small crop area that requires careful ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011)

by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles

*Mocatta, the Jewish Board of Guardians opposed setting up the Shelter, arguing that it would turn Londonintoamagnet for Jewish pauperseverywhere; surreptitiously, however, Mocatta ...

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Quotes about Shelter

Trinculo: Alas, the storm is come again! My best way is to creep under his gaberdine. There is no other shelter hereabouts. Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows. I will here shroud till the dregs of the storm be past. (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of S1H4E1L1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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