protection-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: shelter, covering or safeguard

Commentary: PROTECTION[+entity][+shelter][+covering/+safeguard]
NOTE: occurs naturally in the plural.

Wax provided protection for the floors.
This product provides excellent protection from sunburn.
Bob told his son to use protection during sex.
Insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness.
Banks use hedge funds and other derivatives as protections against their exposure in stocks and bonds.
The umbrella gave them protection from the downpour.
The backing on this dog bed will give your pet a sense of protection.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: act of guarding, defending or securing

Commentary: PROTECTION[+event][+activity][+guarding]
NOTE: There is an implied agent of this nominalization of the verb 'protect'
NOTE: does not normally occur in the plural

The witnesses demanded police protection.
The protection of its young is a basic instinct of animals.
The celebrity is only seeking protection of his privacy.
The mob gave him protection in exchange for a cut of his drug trade profits.
The Bill of Rights was created for the protection of our civil liberties.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: guidance, sponsorship or endorsement

Commentary: PROTECTION[+state][+sponsorship]

The young violinist's talent blossomed under the protection of his devoted teacher.
The town's conservation lands are well-maintained through the protection of several local garden clubs.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 4: a system of tariffs advantageous to domestic producers

Commentary: PROTECTION[+barrier][+trade][+tariff/+quota]

He made trade protection a plank in the party platform.
These protections of the domestic steel industry may result in a trade war.
Their agricultural protections were viewed as unfair in many parts of the world.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 5: extorted money

Commentary: PROTECTION[+tribute][+extortion][+fee] tribute - payment extorted by gangsters on the threat of violence

Every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection.
They smashed up Joe's liquor store because he refused to pay protection to the mob.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 7