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WatchWatch Watch (w[o^]ch), n. [OE. wacche, AS. w[ae]cce, fr.
wacian to wake; akin to D. wacht, waak, G. wacht, wache.
[root]134. See Wake, v. i. ]
1. The act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful,
vigilant, or constantly observant attention; close
observation; guard; preservative or preventive vigilance;
formerly, a watching or guarding by night.
Shepherds keeping watch by night. --Milton.
All the long night their mournful watch they keep.
Note: Watch was formerly distinguished from ward, the former
signifying a watching or guarding by night, and the
latter a watching, guarding, or protecting by day
Hence, they were not unfrequently used together,
especially in the phrase to keep watch and ward, to
denote continuous and uninterrupted vigilance or
protection, or both watching and guarding. This
distinction is now rarely recognized, watch being used
to signify a watching or guarding both by night and by
day, and ward, which is now rarely used, having simply
the meaning of guard, or protection, without reference
Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and
Ward, guard, or custodia, is chiefly applied to
the daytime, in order to apprehend rioters, and
robbers on the highway . . . Watch, is properly
applicable to the night only, . . . and it begins
when ward ends, and ends when that begins.
2. One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body
of watchmen; a sentry; a guard.
Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch; go your way,
make it as sure as ye can. --Matt. xxvii.
3. The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a
watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
He upbraids Iago, that he made him Brave me upon the
4. The period of the night during which a person does duty as
a sentinel, or guard; the time from the placing of a
sentinel till his relief; hence, a division of the night.
I did stand my watch upon the hill. --Shak.
Might we but hear . . . Or whistle from the lodge,
or village cock Count the night watches to his
feathery dames. --Milton.
5. A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the
person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring. WatchWatch Watch, v. i. [Cf. AS. w[oe]ccan, wacian. [root]134. See
Watch, n., Wake, v. i. ]
1. To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to
I have two nights watched with you. --Shak.
Couldest thou not watch one hour ? --Mark xiv.
2. To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the
lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.
Take ye heed, watch and pray. --Mark xiii.
The Son gave signal high To the bright minister that
3. To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to
My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that
watch for the morning. --Ps. cxxx. 6.
4. To remain awake with any one as nurse or attendant; to
attend on the sick during the night; as, to watch with a
man in a fever.
5. (Naut.) To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating
properly in its place; -- said of a buoy.
To watch over, to be cautiously observant of; to inspect,
superintend, and guard.
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