views updated Jun 11 2018

529. Protection (See also Charms.)

  1. aegis protective mantle of Zeus given to Athena. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary ]
  2. alum charm against evil eye. [Egyptian Folklore: Leach, 40]
  3. amethyst preserved soldiers from harm; gave them victory. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 58]
  4. bennet excludes the devil; used on door frames. [Medieval Folklore: Boland, 56]
  5. blood of the lamb used to mark houses of the Israelites so they could be passed over. [O.T.: Exodus 12:313]
  6. chrysoberyl guards against evil spirits. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 65]
  7. cross used to frighten away devils and protect from evil. [Christian Iconog.: Leach, 265]
  8. daisy provides protection against fairies. [Flower Symbolism: Briggs, 87]
  9. horseshoe hung on buildings as defense against fairies. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 225]
  10. jacinth guards against plague and wounds. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 81]
  11. kolem rice designs drawn to attract guardianship of gods. [Hinduism: Binder, 61]
  12. magic flute Taminos guard against black magic. [Ger. Opera: Mozart, Magic Flute, Westerman, 102104]
  13. malachite guards wearer from evil spirits, enchantments. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 97]
  14. mark of Cain Gods safeguard for Cain from potential slayers. [O.T.: Genesis 4:15]
  15. moly herb given by Hermes to Odysseus to ward off Circes spells. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey ]
  16. rowan ash tree which guards against fairies and witches. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 344]
  17. St. Benedicts cross charm against disease and danger. [Christian Iconog.: Jobes, 386]
  18. St. Christopher medal to protect travelers. [Christian Hist.: NCE, 552]
  19. St. Johns wort defense against fairies, evil spirits, the Devil. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 335336]
  20. sard guards against incantations and sorcery. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 107]
  21. serpentine guards against bites of venomous creatures. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 108]
  22. wood knocking on it averts dire consequences. [Western Culture: Misc.]


views updated May 18 2018

pro·tect / prəˈtekt/ • v. [tr.] keep safe from harm or injury: he tried to protect Kelly from the attack| [intr.] certain vitamins may protect against heart disease. ∎  [often as adj.] (protected) aim to preserve (a threatened plant or animal species) by legislating against collecting or hunting. ∎  [often as adj.] (protected) restrict by law access to or development of (land) so as to preserve its natural state: logging is continuing in protected areas in violation of an international agreement. ∎  (often be protected) (of an insurance policy) promise to pay (someone) an agreed amount in the event of loss, injury, fire, theft, or other misfortune: in the event of your death, your family will be protected against any financial problems that may arise. ∎  Econ. shield (a domestic industry) from competition by imposing import duties on foreign goods. ∎  Comput. restrict access to or use of (data or a memory location): security products are designed to protect information from unauthorized access. ∎  provide funds to meet (a bill of exchange or commercial draft).DERIVATIVES: pro·tect·a·ble adj.


views updated May 21 2018

pro·tec·tion / prəˈtekshən/ • n. the action of protecting someone or something, or the state of being protected: the B vitamins give protection against infection his son was put under police protection. ∎  a person or thing that prevents someone or something from suffering harm or injury: the castle was built as protection against the Saxons | [in sing.] a protection against the evil eye. ∎  the cover provided by an insurance policy. ∎  (usu. protections) a legal or other formal measure intended to preserve civil liberties and rights. ∎  a document guaranteeing immunity from harm to the person specified in it. ∎  the practice of paying money to criminals so as to prevent them from attacking oneself or one's property: [as adj.] a protection racket. ∎  (also protection money) the money so paid to criminals, esp. on a regular basis. ∎ archaic used euphemistically to refer to the keeping of a mistress by her lover in a separate establishment: she was living under his lordship's protection at Gloucester Gate.


views updated May 29 2018

Protection ★½ 2001 (R)

Mobster Sal (Baldwin) and his family are relocated into the witness protection program and Sal gets a job with real estate broker Ted (Gallagher), who's putting together a lowincome housing project. But Sal can't resist using his past and brings in local crime boss Lujack (Tager) to finance the deal. 97m/C VHS, DVD . Stephen Baldwin, Peter Gallagher, Katie Griffin, Deborah Odell, Vlasta Vrana, Aron Tager; D: John Flynn; W: Jack Kelly; C: Marc Charlebois; M: Richard (Rick) Marvin. VIDEO


views updated Jun 08 2018

protect XVI. f. prōtect-, pp. stem of L. prōtegere cover in front, f. PRO-1 + tegere cover.
So protection XIV. — (O)F. or late L. protector XIV. — (O)F. — late L.; hence protectorate (-ATE1) XVII.