shelter (D)

Shortly after posting a reply (rant) to a story on Facebook (see bottom of post), I was curious and looked up the definition of ‘shelter’.  I also copied the ad cleverly posted, just above the definition.  In relation to the article, I found the advertisement  incredibly ironic.
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shel·ter  (shltr) n.

a. Something that provides cover or protection, as from the weather.
b. A refuge; a haven.
c. An establishment that provides temporary housing for homeless people.

2. The state of being covered or protected.
v. shel·tered, shel·ter·ing, shel·ters

1. To provide cover or protection for.
2. To invest (income) to protect it from taxation.


To take cover; find refuge.

[Perhaps from Middle English sheltron, tight battle formation, from Old English scildtruma : scield, shield; see shield + truma, troop; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]
I took from the suggested ‘origin of definition’ paragraph ‘tight battle formation‘, a message.  My interpretation (for those that care and feel the need to make a difference); ‘We must work together.  We must communicate with each other and protect our animals’.

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