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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun protection:

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Definition of the noun protection

What does protection mean as a name of something?

Protection is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: protections

  1. the activity of protecting someone or something
  2. a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
    • examples: they had no protection from the fallout | wax provided protection for the floors
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of protection: protective cover / protective covering
    • more generic word: covering = an artifact that covers something else
    • more specific terms:
      • armour / armor = protective covering made of metal and used in combat
      • bell glass / bell jar = a bell-shaped glass cover used to protect and display delicate objects or to cover scientific apparatus or to contain gases
      • ring-binder / binder = holds loose papers or magazines
      • book binding / binding / cover / back = the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
      • screen / blind = a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
      • armguard / bracer = a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports
      • cap = something serving as a cover or protection
      • cloche = a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold
      • coaster = a covering (plate or mat) that protects the surface of a table
      • cold frame = protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the cold
      • watch crystal / watch glass / crystal = a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
      • dust cover = a removable plastic protective covering for a piece of equipment
      • faceplate = a protective covering for the front of a machine or device
      • cladding / facing = a protective covering that protects the outside of a building
      • fall-board / fallboard = the hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played
      • finger plate / escutcheon / scutcheon = a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
      • heat shield = a protective covering that protects a spacecraft from overheating on reentry
      • cowling / bonnet / cowl / hood = protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine
      • housing = a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
      • lamp shade / lampshade / shade = a protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view
      • lining / liner = a protective covering that protects an inside surface
      • mask = a protective covering worn over the face
      • mulch = a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion
      • roof = a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building
      • roof = protective covering on top of a motor vehicle
      • screen = a protective covering consisting of netting
      • shade = protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
      • sheath = a protective covering
      • overlayer / sheathing / overlay = protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior
      • shelter = protective covering that provides protection from the weather
      • shield = a protective covering or structure
      • splashboard / dashboard / splasher = protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.
      • splasher = a protective covering over or beside a wheel to protect the upper part of a vehicle from splashes of mud
      • testudo = a movable protective covering that provided protection from above
      • thumbstall = protective covering for an injured thumb
      • toecap = a protective leather or steel cover for the toe of a boot or shoe, reinforcing or decorating it
      • splashboard / washboard = protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side
  3. defense against financial failure; financial independence
    • example: insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of protection: security
    • more generic word: assets = anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
    • more specific terms:
      • easy street = financial security
      • hedging / hedge = any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk
      • insurance = promise of reimbursement in the case of loss
  4. the condition of being protected
    • examples: they were huddled together for protection | he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of protection: shelter
    • more generic word: security = the state of being free from danger or injury
    • more specific words:
  5. kindly endorsement and guidance
  6. the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition
    • example: he made trade protection a plank in the party platform
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of protection: trade protection
    • more generic words: imposition / infliction = the act of imposing something
  7. payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
    • example: every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of protection: tribute
    • more generic word: extortion = the felonious act of extorting money

Alternative definition of the noun protection


  1. The process of keeping (something or someone) safe.
  2. The state of being safe.
  3. A contraceptive device.
  4. [context: insurance] Coverage.
  5. Immunity from harm obtained by illegal payments, as bribery or extortion.
  6. [economics] Restrictions on foreign competitors that limit their ability to compete with domestic producers of goods or services.
  7. [computing] An instance of a security token associated with a resource (such as a file.)


Protection is a city in Comanche County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 514.


  1. "Protection" is a collaboration between Massive Attack and Everything But the Girl singer Tracey Thorn, that appeared on Massive Attack's album Protection on CD and 12" in 1994. It reached #14 in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for four weeks. The song was also included on Everything But the Girl's compilations The Best of and Like the Deserts Miss the Rain.
  2. "Protection" is a song written by Bruce Springsteen for Donna Summer. It was originally featured on the 1982 Donna Summer album which was produced by Quincy Jones. In 1997 it was also included on One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen. It was released as a single in Belgium and Japan and was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Female Rock Vocal Performance alongside Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Raitt, and Kim Carnes.
  3. "Protection" is the second album by Bristol-based trip hop collective Massive Attack. Released in 1994, It was last to feature Tricky as a member of the group, after going solo with his album Maxinquaye in 1995.
  4. "Protection" is the 1995 single by Massive Attack.
    • released on (20 years ago)
  5. "Protection" is the debut studio album by Israeli brutal death metal band Whorecore, released on January 27, 2006.
  6. "Protection" is a musical single of Bis.
    • released in (15 years ago)


"Protection" is a novella written by Maureen F. McHugh.

  • released in (24 years ago)
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  1. "Protection" is a 2001 thriller film directed by John Flynn. In this movie, a former mobster, now in the Witness Protection Program, finds himself unable to change his ways. Filming took place in Canada.
  2. "Protection" is a 2012 action film, written by Mark Bomback, Allan Loeb and Miles Chapman and directed by Gary Fleder.
  3. "Protection" is a 2000 drama film written and directed by Bruce Spangler.


Protection in poker is a bet made with a strong but vulnerable hand, such as top pair when straight or flush draws are possible. The bet forces opponents with draws to either call with insufficient pot odds, or to fold, both of which are profitable for the betting player. By contrast, if he failed to protect his hand, another player could draw out on him at no cost, meaning he gets no value from his made hand.

Phrases with Protection

Phrase starting with the word Protection:

  1. Protection Course

Phrases ending with the word Protection:

  1. Copy protection
  2. self-protection
  3. Close Protection
  4. trade protection
  5. Environmental protection

Other phrases containing the word Protection:

  1. sun protection factor
  2. Mickey Mouse Protection Act
  3. equal protection of the laws
  4. environmental protection agency

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Protection

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Google previewSecure Telematic Applications for National Scale Projects (2008)

by Jean-Guy Fontaine, Mikhail Makhaniok

During formation of analytical and aggregated information in respective informational and analytical systems on the basis of primary USR basis cryptographic protection means may be used in compliance with the category of the formed ...

Google previewHandbook of Occupational Safety and Health (2010)

by Danuta Koradecka

introduction Labour protection is an ambiguous term.

In general usage, labour protection is the entirety of the rules of law, research, and both organisational and technical resources,

Google previewBeyond Gentle Teaching (2013)

A Nonaversive Approach to Helping Those in Need by J.J. McGee, F.J. Menolascino

Physical protection refers to those momentary interactions that the caregiver uses to physically prevent harm while avoiding any bodily immobilization. Grabbing sends a clear message that violence and despair can only be responded to with ...

Google previewDependable Computing - EDCC 2005 (2005)

5th European Dependable Computing Conference, Budapest, Hungary, April 20-22, 2005, Proceedings by Mario Dal Cin, Mohamed Kaâniche, András Pataricza

Protection is a proactive approach to cope with failures.

Google previewTechnical Bulletin (1933)

voltage protection is the effect of a device operative on the reduction or failure of voltage to cause and maintain the interruption of power to the main circuit. Loic (or under) voltage release. — Low (or under) voltage release is the ...

Google previewPatent Law for the Nonlawyer (2012)

A Guide for the Engineer, Technologist, and Manager by Burton Amernick

BRIDGE CIRCUIT HAVING POLARITY INVERSION PROTECTION MEANS ENTAILING A REDUCED VOLTAGE DROP Sandro Storti, Sesto S. Giovanni; Bruno Murari, Monza; Franco Consiglieri, Piacenza, all of Italy [75] ...

Google previewProtective Relaying for Power Generation Systems (2005)

by Donald Reimert

INTRODUCTION Motor protection is a vast subject. Our intent...

Google previewTrusted Computing Platforms (2015)

TPM2.0 in Context by Graeme Proudler, Liqun Chen, Chris Dalton

In the case of a platform Owner, protection means protecting the OS or hypervisors. In the case of a user, protection means protecting data that represents critical and/or valuable information.

Google previewADD and Your Money (2009)

A Guide to Personal Finance for Adults with Attention-Deficit Disorder by Karl Klein, Stephanie Moulton Sarkis

Overdraft protection means that, if you accidentally write a check or use your debit card when you don't have enough money in...

Another reason to have overdraft protection is that some banks process deposits and withdrawals in a way that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1981)

Volume 12 - Corrosion to Cottonseed by John J. McKetta Jr

Introduction Cathodic and anodic protection are methods of corrosion control that directly use electrochemistry. Since corrosion is electrochemical in nature, it is logical that this be done. Sir Humphrey Davy experimented with electrical current ...

Google previewDictionary for Managing Trees in Urban Environments (2009)

by Danny B Draper, Peter A Richards

Tree preservation Tree protection zone fence Tree preservation Protection, conservation and maintenance of a population of trees. See also Tree management, Appropriate tree management and Inappropriate tree management .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems (2014)

by cross- protection and netting. (a) Papaya seedlings were mass-inoculated with a mild strain PRSV HA 5-1 by pressure spray (1) and kept in insect-proof nethouse (2).

Google previewElgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, Second Edition (2012)

by J. M. Smits

Privacy possessed for many years an uncertain status in English common law, while legislative protection for privacy interests remains piecemeal and limited. However, the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights ( ECHR) ...

Google previewNFPA's Illustrated Dictionary of Fire Service Terms (2006)

by National Fire Protection Association

National Fire Protection Association. 164 Working Length—Written Notice FIGURE W.3 DifferentTypes of Windows. Working Length. The length of a non- self-supporting portable ladder measured along the beams from the base support point of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Struggle for self liberation (2002)

by Sanjay Paswan

Protection. of. Dalits. The making a better place of this world necessarily involves a continuous process of raising the standard of living across the board for all. This emphasis on the term "for all" is not accidental; nor it is brought into play ...

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Anantadev Das, the President of Universal Sanatana Dharma, is emphasizing the importance of the cows. He requests you to support cow protection.

Quotes about Protection

In addition, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act provides protection for those in the firearms industry from lawsuits arising out of the criminal or unlawful acts of people who misuse their products. (Bob Ney)
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Scrabble value of P3R1O1T1E1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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