Pronunciation: (shel'tur),[key] —n. 1. something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.
2. the protection or refuge afforded by such a thing: He took shelter in a nearby barn. 3. protection from blame, incrimination, etc.
4. a dwelling place or home considered as a refuge from the elements: Everyone's basic needs are food, clothing, and shelter. 5. a building serving as a temporary refuge or residence for homeless persons, abandoned animals, etc.
6. Finance.See tax shelter.
—v.t. 1. to be a shelter for; afford shelter to: The old barn sheltered him from the rain. 2. to provide with a shelter; place under cover.
3. to protect, as by shelter; take under one's protection: Parents should not try to shelter their children from normal childhood disappointments. 4. Finance.to invest (money) in a tax shelter.
—v.i. 1. to take shelter; find a refuge: He sheltered in a barn. 2. Finance.to invest money in a tax shelter.