Protection refers to keeping something or someone safe. Through protection, we shelter and defend things.

Since protecting is to shelter from harm, protection is the act of doing so. Children are under the protection of their parents, who keep them safe. The Secret Service is responsible for the protection of the President. Many famous people hire bodyguards, who offer protection. A security guard offers protection to a bank or store. Also, a house gives you protection from the weather. Valuable things and vulnerable people need the most protection. Protection keeps things and people safe.

Definitions of protection

n the activity of protecting someone or something

“the witnesses demanded police protection
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air cover
the use of military aircraft to provide protection against attack by enemy aircraft during ground or naval operations
the act of shielding from harm
preservation, saving
the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
momism, overprotection, overshielding
excessive protection
defence, defense
the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury
defence, defense
protection from harm
inoculating, vaccinating
the act of protecting against disease by introducing a vaccine into the body to induce immunity
the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes
self-defence, self-defense, self-protection
the act of defending yourself
the act of protecting something by surrounding it with material that reduces or prevents the transmission of sound or heat or electricity
locking, lockup
the act of locking something up to protect it
accompaniment, escort
the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them
the act of protecting something by covering it
immunisation, immunization
the act of making immune (especially by inoculation)
care, charge, guardianship, tutelage
attention and management implying responsibility for safety
ruggedisation, ruggedization
the act of making a piece of equipment rugged (strengthening to resist wear or abuse)
sealing, waterproofing
the act of treating something to make it repel water
civil defense
activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster
the activity of protecting the environment from pollution or destruction
fire watching
(during World War II in Britain) watching for fires started by bombs that dropped from the sky
the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources
preservation of yourself from harm; a natural or instinctive tendency
the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion
inoculation, vaccination
taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
ring vaccination
administering vaccine only to people in close contact with an isolated infected patient; prevents the spread of a highly infectious disease by surrounding the patient with a ring of immunization
variolation, variolization
the obsolete process of inoculating a susceptible person with material taken from a vesicle of a person who has smallpox
airborne patrol
a patrol provided by aircraft
round-the-clock patrol
a continuous nonstop patrol
martial art
any of several Oriental arts of weaponless self-defense; usually practiced as a sport
the act of attaching an inside lining (to a garment or curtain etc.)
the act of escorting while in transit
dressing, grooming
the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes
sensitisation, sensitising, sensitization, sensitizing
rendering an organism sensitive to a serum by a series of injections
due care, ordinary care, reasonable care
the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances; the standard for determining legal duty
foster care
supervised care for delinquent or neglected children usually in an institution or substitute home
great care
more attention and consideration than is normally bestowed by prudent persons
the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
slight care
such care as a careless or inattentive person would exercise
immobilisation, immobilization
fixation (as by a plaster cast) of a body part in order to promote proper healing
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any specific behavior

n the condition of being protected

“they were huddled together for protection
“he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home”
indemnity, insurance
protection against future loss
protection against harmful effects of radiation
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the state of being free from danger or injury

n a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury

“they had no protection from the fallout”
“wax provided protection for the floors”
protective cover, protective covering
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armor, armour
protective covering made of metal and used in combat
bell glass, bell jar
a bell-shaped glass cover used to protect and display delicate objects or to cover scientific apparatus or to contain gases
binder, ring-binder
holds loose papers or magazines
back, binding, book binding, cover
the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
blind, screen
a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
armguard, bracer
a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports
something serving as a cover or protection
a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold
a covering (plate or mat) that protects the surface of a table (i.e., from the condensation on a cold glass or bottle)
cold frame
protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the cold
crystal, watch crystal, watch glass
a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
dust cover
a removable plastic protective covering for a piece of equipment
a protective covering for the front of a machine or device (as a door lock or computer component)
cladding, facing
a protective covering that protects the outside of a building
fall-board, fallboard
the hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played
escutcheon, finger plate, scutcheon
a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
heat shield
a protective covering that protects a spacecraft from overheating on reentry
bonnet, cowl, cowling, hood
protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine
a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
liner, lining
a protective covering that protects an inside surface
a protective covering worn over the face
a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion
a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building
protective covering on top of a motor vehicle
a protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted in a frame
protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
overlay, overlayer, sheathing
protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior
protective covering that provides protection from the weather
a protective covering or structure
dashboard, splashboard, splasher
protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.
a protective covering over or beside a wheel to protect the upper part of a vehicle from splashes of mud
a movable protective covering that provided protection from above; used by Roman troops when approaching the walls of a besieged fortification
protective covering for an injured thumb
a protective leather or steel cover for the toe of a boot or shoe, reinforcing or decorating it
splashboard, washboard
protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side
aglet, aiglet
metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
bell cot, bell cote
a small shelter for bells; has a gable or shed roof
a nonmagnetic housing for a ship's compass (usually in front of the helm)
a shelter for birds
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour
armor that protects the wearer's whole body
brake lining
the lining on the brake shoes that comes in contact with the brake drum
bushing, cylindrical lining
a cylindrical metal lining used to reduce friction
cabinet, console
housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
a small shelter for domestic animals (as sheep or pigeons)
housing for a crankshaft
curb roof
a roof with two or more slopes on each side of the ridge
curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall
hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
distributor cap
the cap of the distributor that holds in place the wires from the distributor to the spark plugs
distributor housing
the housing that supports the distributor cam
a hemispherical roof
face mask
mask that provides a protective covering for the face in such sports as baseball or football or hockey
a lining applied to the edge of a garment for ornamentation or strengthening
collet, ferrule
a metal cap or band placed on a wooden pole to prevent splitting
cot, fingerstall
a sheath worn to protect a finger
fire screen, fireguard
a metal screen before an open fire for protection (especially against flying sparks)
furnace lining, refractory
lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace
gable roof, saddle roof, saddleback, saddleback roof
a double sloping roof with a ridge and gables at each end
gas helmet, gasmask, respirator
a protective mask with a filter; protects the face and lungs against poisonous gases
half binding
book binding in which the spine and part of the sides are bound in one material and the rest in another
hip roof, hipped roof
a roof having sloping ends as well as sloping sides
a sheath (usually leather) for carrying a handgun
the folding roof of a carriage
the roof of a house
cap that fits over the hub of a wheel
journal box
metal housing for a journal bearing
dog house, doghouse, kennel
outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
lamp house, lamp housing, lamphouse
housing that holds a lamp (as in a movie projector)
lamp shade, lampshade
a protective ornamental shade used to screen a light bulb from direct view
rough shelter whose roof has only one slope
lens cap, lens cover
cap used to keep lens free of dust when not in use
mosquito net
a fine net or screen (especially around beds) to protect against mosquitos
nipple shield
a rubber or plastic shield to protect the nipples of nursing women
parasol, sunshade
a handheld collapsible source of shade
plate, scale, shell
a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
radar dome, radome
a housing for a radar antenna; transparent to radio waves
revetement, revetment, stone facing
a facing (usually masonry) that supports an embankment
a shelter with perches for fowl or other birds
a sheath for a sword or dagger or bayonet
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
case, casing, shell
the housing or outer covering of something
buckler, shield
armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
a shield of lead or concrete intended as a barrier to radiation emitted in nuclear decay
shield consisting of an arrangement of metal mesh or plates designed to protect electronic equipment from ambient electromagnetic interference
a hinged blind for a window
slate roof
a roof covered with slate
smoke screen, smokescreen
(military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements
sunroof, sunshine-roof
an automobile roof having a sliding or raisable panel
sun visor
a shade (sometimes of green mica) affixed above the windshield of an automobile
thatch, thatched roof
a house roof made with a plant material (as straw)
a small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small container
three-quarter binding
the spine and much of the sides are a different material from the rest of the cover
tile roof
a roof made of fired clay tiles
an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof
welder's mask
a mask that you wear for protection when doing welding
window blind
a blind for privacy or to keep out light
window screen
screen to keep insects from entering a building through the open window
windscreen, windshield
transparent screen (as of glass) to protect occupants of a vehicle
wing tip
a decorative toecap having a point extending toward the throat of the shoe
blinder, blinker, winker
blind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side
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an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

n defense against financial failure; financial independence

“insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness”
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easy street
financial security
hedge, hedging
any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
promise of reimbursement in the case of loss; paid to people or companies so concerned about hazards that they have made prepayments to an insurance company
a British term for some kinds of insurance
automobile insurance, car insurance
insurance against loss due to theft or traffic accidents
business interruption insurance
insurance that provides protection for the loss of profits and continuing fixed expenses resulting from a break in commercial activities due to the occurrence of a peril
insurance issued jointly by two or more underwriters
fire insurance
insurance against loss due to fire
group insurance
insurance that is purchased by a group (such as the employees of a company) usually at a reduced rate to individual members of the group
hazard insurance
insurance that provides protection against certain risks such as storms or fires
health insurance
insurance against loss due to ill health
liability insurance
insurance that provides protection from claims arising from injuries or damage to other people or property
life assurance, life insurance
insurance paid to named beneficiaries when the insured person dies
malpractice insurance
insurance purchased by physicians and hospitals to cover the cost of being sued for malpractice
sharing the risk by insurance companies; part or all of the insurer's risk is assumed by other companies in return for part of the premium paid by the insured
insuring yourself by setting aside money to cover possible losses rather than by purchasing an insurance policy
term insurance
low-cost insurance that is valid only for a stated period of time and has no cash surrender value or loan value
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anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

n kindly endorsement and guidance

aegis, auspices, egis
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endorsement, indorsement
the act of endorsing

n 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”
trade protection
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imposition, infliction
the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)

n payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence

“every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection
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the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)

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