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Shelter

A general term used in statutes that relates to the provision of food, clothing, and housing for specified individuals; a home with a proper environment that affords protection from the weather.

shelter

(Protection), noun aid, asylum, care, cover, covering, coverture, defense, habitation, harbor, haven, home, house, lodging, place of refuge, preservation, refuge, retreat, roof, safety, sanctuary, screen, security, shield, stronghold, support

shelter

(Tax benefit), noun advantage, gain, hedge, refuge, security, tax haven, tax sanctuary
Associated concepts: tax shelter
See also: asylum, building, bulwark, cache, cloak, cover, dwelling, ensconce, enshroud, guard, harbor, haven, hedge, hide, house, immure, keep, lodging, maintain, panoply, preserve, protect, protection, receive, refuge, safekeeping, safety, screen, security, shield, shroud, structure, sustain, veil
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He said that in his watch he had been sheltering behind the deckhouse, as there was a rain storm, when he saw a tall, thin man, who was not like any of the crew, come up the companionway, and go along the deck forward and disappear.
Achilles in his turn threw, and struck the round shield of Aeneas at the very edge, where the bronze was thinnest; the spear of Pelian ash went clean through, and the shield rang under the blow; Aeneas was afraid, and crouched backwards, holding the shield away from him; the spear, however, flew over his back, and stuck quivering in the ground, after having gone through both circles of the sheltering shield.
The rugged defiles and deep valleys of this vast chain form sheltering places for restless and ferocious bands of savages, many of them the remnants of tribes, once inhabitants of the prairies, but broken up by war and violence, and who carry into their mountain haunts the fierce passions and reckless habits of desperadoes.
One might have thought him weary of distant voyages; and the longest he had ever made had lasted a fort- night, of which the most part had been spent at anchor, sheltering from the weather.
As I had watched the noble fight which the great warrior had put up against such enormous odds my heart had swelled in admiration for him, and acting as I am wont to do, more upon impulse than after mature deliberation, I instantly sprang from my sheltering rock and bounded quickly toward the bodies of the dead green Martians, a well-defined plan of action already formed.
I could not think of a safer asylum than this, if we must spend the night upon the premises; and Raffles agreed with me when I had led him by sheltering shrubbery and perilous lawn to the diminutive chalet between the rhododendrons and the water.
This time we were not so lucky as to find a sheltering rock to guard us from the glare of the sun, with the result that about seven o'clock we woke up experiencing the exact sensations one would attribute to a beefsteak on a gridiron.