Shelters

Easier - A shelter is a place that covers, protects, and provides safety. People need shelters to shield them from extremes of cold and heat, as well as from rain, snow, and wind. Harder - A human shelter is a structure or a natural feature that provides protection against bad weather, danger, or insect pests. The first shelters made by human beings were made of animal hides, stones, straw, vines, or wood. Today, we construct our shelters from a wide variety of materials such as wood and brick, steel and concrete, aluminum, glass, and plastic. The types of shelters people erect depend mainly on the climate, the materials that are available, and their intended use. Houses are the most common shelter for people, but there are many other different kinds. Others include bus shelters, bomb shelters, band shells, and treehouses. Portable shelters include tents, trailers, houseboats, motor yachts, and even motorhomes. Other shelters like barns and sheds are built to cover and protect things besides people.

shel ter·er n. shel ter·less adj. Synonyms: shelter, cover, retreat, refuge, asylum, sanctuary These nouns refer to places affording protection, as from danger, or to the state of being protected. Shelter usually implies a covered or enclosed area that protects temporarily, as from injury or attack: built a shelter out of pine and hemlock boughs. Cover suggests something that conceals: traveled under cover of darkness. Retreat applies chiefly to a secluded place to which one retires for meditation, peace, or privacy: a rural cabin that served as a weekend retreat. Refuge suggests a place of escape from pursuit or from difficulties that beset one: "The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life" (George Bernard Shaw). Asylum adds to refuge the idea of legal protection or of immunity from

Sanctuary denotes a sacred or inviolable place of refuge: political refugees finding sanctuary in a monastery.arrest: "O! Receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind" (Thomas Paine). .

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