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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHELTER

For, if he could get shelter for three days, the hue and cry would subside.

If He does not mean us to keep her in the shelter of our home for the present, we do not know what He means.

It might be an evil start to come to his door so late and claim the shelter of his roof.

Shelter, covering, bed—beyond these all is mere superfluity.

Bullets were flying in all directions, and there was no question of shelter.

There had been a storm, and a good many vessels had run into the inlet for shelter.

"A thousand pardons, Monsieur—" he cried from beneath his shelter, as he read my face.

Did it not, at least, secure bread and shelter to her child?

Perhaps the wolves have driven the buck to shelter, and are following on his trail.

Rain had driven to shelter the roving dogs which had troubled us last night.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "structure affording protection," possibly an alteration of Middle English sheltron, sheldtrume "roof or wall formed by locked shields," from Old English scyldtruma, from scield "shield" (see shield (n.)) + truma "troop," related to Old English trum "firm, strong" (see trim).

If so, the original notion is of a compact body of men protected by interlocking shields. OED finds this "untenable" and proposed derivation from shield + -ture. Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s; meaning "temporary lodging for homeless poor" is first recorded 1890 in Salvation Army jargon; sense of "temporary home for animals" is from 1971. Related: Shelterless.

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