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1. aegis


ETYM Latin aegis, from Greek, a goat skin, a shield, aix.
1. A shield.
2. Protection; tutelage.
3. Sponsorship.

2. armature


ETYM Latin armatura, from armare to arm: cf. French armature. Related to Arm, v. t., Armor.
In which voltage is induced by motion through a magnetic field.
Armament; Botany, Zoology, defensive outgrowth; Electricity, piece of iron placed on poles of permanent magnet; piece of iron whose movement, due to magnetic attraction, actuates apparatus or machinery; rotating part of dynamo or electric motor; stationary part of revolving field alternator; framework for sculpture.
In a motor or generator, the wire-wound coil that carries the current and rotates in a magnetic field. (In alternating-current machines, the armature is sometimes stationary.) The pole piece of a permanent magnet or electromagnet and the moving, iron part of a solenoid, especially if the latter acts as a switch, may also be referred to as armatures.

3. armor


Sinonimi: armour | armour

ETYM Old Eng. armure, from French armure, Old Fren. armeure, from Latin armatura. Related to Armature.
Body protection worn in battle. Body armor is depicted in Greek and Roman art. Chain mail was developed in the Middle Ages but the craft of the armorer in Europe reached its height in design in the 15th century, when knights, and to some extent, their horses, were encased in plate armor that still allowed freedom of movement.
Medieval Japanese armor was articulated, made of iron, gilded metal, leather, and silk. Contemporary bulletproof vests and riot gear are forms of armor. The term is used in a modern context to refer to a mechanized armored vehicle, such as a tank.
Since World War II armor for tanks and ships has been developed beyond an increasing thickness of steel plate, becoming an increasingly light, layered composite, including materials such as ceramics. More controversial is “reactive” armor, consisting of “shoeboxes” made of armor containing small, quick-acting explosive charges, which are attached at the most vulnerable points of a tank, in order to break up the force of entry of an enemy warhead. This type is used by, for example, Israel, but the incorporation of explosive material in a tank has potential drawbacks.
The invention of gunpowder led, by degrees, to the virtual abandonment of armor until World War I, when the helmet reappeared as a defense against shrapnel. Suits of armor in the Tower of London were studied by US designers of astronaut wear. Modern armor, used by the army, police, security guards, and people at risk from assassination, uses nylon and fiberglass and is often worn beneath clothing.(Alternate spelling: armour).
1. Made of metal and used in combat; SYN. armour.
2. Tough more-or-less rigid protective covering of an animal or plant; SYN. armour.

4. armor plate


Sinonimi: armour plate | armor plating | plate armor | plate armour

Specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire; SYN. armour plate, armor plating, plate armor, plate armour.

5. armour


Alternate (chiefly British) spelling for armor.

6. bard


Celtic minstrel who, in addition to composing songs, usually at a court, often held important political posts. Originating in the pre-Christian era, bards were persecuted in Wales during the 13th century on political grounds. Since the 19th century annual meetings and competitions in Wales have attempted to revive the musical tradition of the bard.
(Homonym: barred).
A lyric poet.

7. brigandine


ETYM French brigandine (cf. Italian brigantina), from Old Fren. brigant. Related to Brigand.
A medieval coat of mail consisting of metal rings sewn onto leather or cloth. Leather armour with metal scales.

8. brigantine


Sinonimi: hermaphrodite brig

ETYM French brigantin, from Italian brigantino, originally, a practical vessel. Related to Brigand, Brig.
Two-masted vessel square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast; SYN. hermaphrodite brig.
Two-masted ship, square-rigged on foremast only.

9. brinie


10. byrnie

imenicaarhaično, zastarelo

Coat of mail or breastplate.

11. corselet


Sinonimi: corslet

ETYM French, dim. of Old Fren. cors. French corps, body. Related to Corse.
A piece of armor for the trunk; usually consists of a breastplate and back piece; SYN. corslet.

12. cuirass


ETYM French cuirasse, orig., a breastplate of leather, for Old Fren. cuirée, cuirie influenced by Italian corazza, or Spanish coraza, from an assumed Late Lat. coriacea, from Latin coriaceus.
Medieval body armor that covers the chest and back.
Armor for breast and back.

13. egis



14. habiliment

imenicaarhaično, zastarelo

Attire, the dress characteristic of an occupation or occasion.

15. mail


Sinonimi: post | postal service

(Homonym: male).
1. The system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office; SYN. post, postal service.
2. The bags of letters and packages that are transported by the postal service.
3. Any particular collection of letters or packages that is delivered.
4. A conveyance that transports mail.

16. shell


Sinonimi: eggshell | case | casing | racing shell

ETYM Old Eng. shelle, schelle, as. scell, scyll; akin to Dutch shel, Icel. skel, Goth. skalja a tile, and Eng. skill. Related to Scale of fishes, Shale, Skill.
1. A rigid covering that envelops an object.
2. The exterior covering of a bird's egg; SYN. eggshell.
3. The hard usually fibrous outer layer of some fruits especially nuts.
4. The outer covering or housing of something; SYN. case, casing.
5. A very light narrow racing boat; SYN. racing shell.
The hard outer covering of a wide variety of invertebrates. The covering is usually mineralized, normally with large amounts of calcium. The shell of birds' eggs is also largely made of calcium.
Trade name of the Anglo-Dutch oil-development and exploration concern Royal Dutch/Shell Group, one of the world's biggest companies, formed 1907.
Shell is the world's largest oil and gas producer, with the largest oil reserves, and is responsible for 5% of the world's oil and gas production. It has 2,000 operating companies worldwide. It is also the world's largest retailer, with (1994) 40,000 gasoline stations in 100 countries. Its sales turnover in 1992 amounted to more than the gross national product of any country except the 23 richest.
The company abandoned plans to dump a disused oil-storage platform in the north Atlantic Ocean June 1995 in the face of widespread protests spearheaded by the environmentalist group Greenpeace.
The business originated in the early 19th century with a curio shop in E London that sold shell ornaments; by 1830 the dealer, Marcus Samuel, had built up an international trade in copra and oriental artifacts. From 1897 the company dealt in oil and kerosene (paraffin oil) and was consolidated as the Shell Transport and Trading Company, amalgamating with the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company 1907.

17. shield


Sinonimi: buckler

ETYM Old Eng. sheld, scheld, AS. scield, scild, sceld, scyld; akin to OS. scild, OFries. skeld, Dutch and German schild, Old High Germ. scilt, Icel. skjöldr, Swed. sköld, Dan. skiold, Goth. skildus; of uncertain origin. Related to Sheldrake.
In geology, alternate name for craton, the ancient core of a continent.
1. A protective structure or device (usually metal).
2. Armor carried on the arm to intercept blows; SYN. buckler.