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English Dictionary: guard by the DICT Development Group
6 results for guard
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a person who keeps watch over something or someone
  2. the person who plays that position on a football team; "the left guard was injured on the play"
  3. a device designed to prevent injury or accidents
    Synonym(s): guard, safety, safety device
  4. a posture of defence in boxing or fencing; "keep your guard up"
  5. the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team
  6. a military unit serving to protect some place or person
  7. a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.; "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; "we let our guard down"
    Synonym(s): precaution, safeguard, guard
  8. the duty of serving as a sentry; "he was on guard that night"
    Synonym(s): guard duty, guard, sentry duty, sentry go
  9. (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage; "guards must be good blockers"
  10. a position on a basketball team
  1. to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"
  2. watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away"
    Synonym(s): guard, ward
  3. protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
    Synonym(s): defend, guard, hold
  4. take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence; "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Guard \Guard\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Guarded}; p. pr. &, vb. n.
      {Gurding}.] [OF. guarder, garder, warder, F. garder, fr. OHG.
      wart[?]n to be on the watch, await, G. marten. See {Ward}, v.
      & n., and cf. {Guard}, n.]
      1. To protect from danger; to secure against surprise,
            attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend; to
            shelter; to shield from surprise or attack; to protect by
            attendance; to accompany for protection; to care for.
                     For Heaven still guards the right.      --Shak.
      2. To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain
            from acts of violence, or the like.
      3. To protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border;
            hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Guard \Guard\ (g[aum]rd), v. i.
      To watch by way of caution or defense; to be caution; to be
      in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful
      persons guard against mistakes.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Guard \Guard\, n. [OF. guarde, F. garde; of German origin; cf.
      OHG. wart, marto, one who watches, mata a watching, Goth.
      wardja watchman. See {Guard}, v. t.]
      1. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger,
            exposure, or attack; defense; protection.
                     His greatness was no guard to bar heaven's shaft.
      2. A man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a
            person or position; a watch; a sentinel.
                     The guard which kept the door of the king's house.
                                                                              --Kings xiv.
      3. One who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a
            conductor. [Eng.]
      4. Any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure
            against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss; as:
            (a) That part of a sword hilt which protects the hand.
            (b) Ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a
            (c) A chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person
                  or dress.
            (d) A fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a
            (e) An extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull;
                  esp., in side-wheel steam vessels, the framework of
                  strong timbers, which curves out on each side beyond
                  the paddle wheel, and protects it and the shaft
                  against collision.
            (f) A plate of metal, beneath the stock, or the lock
                  frame, of a gun or pistol, having a loop, called a
                  bow, to protect the trigger.
            (g) (Bookbinding) An interleaved strip at the back, as in
                  a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when
      5. A posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber
      6. An expression or admission intended to secure against
            objections or censure.
                     They have expressed themselves with as few guards
                     and restrictions as I.                        --Atterbury.
      7. Watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard.
      8. (Zo[94]l.) The fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone
            of the Belemnites.
      Note: Guard is often used adjectively or in combination; as,
               guard boat or guardboat; guardroom or guard room; guard
      {Advanced guard}, {Coast guard}, etc. See under {Advanced},
            {Coast}, etc.
      {Grand guard} (Mil.), one of the posts of the second line
            belonging to a system of advance posts of an army.
      {Guard boat}.
            (a) A boat appointed to row the rounds among ships of war
                  in a harbor, to see that their officers keep a good
            (b) A boat used by harbor authorities to enforce the
                  observance of quarantine regulations.
      {Guard cells} (Bot.), the bordering cells of stomates; they
            are crescent-shaped and contain chlorophyll.
      {Guard chamber}, a guardroom.
      {Guard detail} (Mil.), men from a company regiment etc.,
            detailed for guard duty.
      {Guard duty} (Mil.), the duty of watching patrolling, etc.,
            performed by a sentinel or sentinels.
      {Guard lock} (Engin.), a tide lock at the mouth of a dock or
      {Guard of honor} (Mil.), a guard appointed to receive or to
            accompany eminent persons.
      {Guard rail} (Railroads), a rail placed on the inside of a
            main rail, on bridges, at switches, etc., as a safeguard
            against derailment.
      {Guard ship}, a war vessel appointed to superintend the
            marine affairs in a harbor, and also, in the English
            service, to receive seamen till they can be distributed
            among their respective ships.
      {Life guard} (Mil.), a body of select troops attending the
            person of a prince or high officer.
      {Off one's guard}, in a careless state; inattentive;
            unsuspicious of danger.
      {On guard}, serving in the capacity of a guard; doing duty as
            a guard or sentinel; watching.
      {On one's guard}, in a watchful state; alert; vigilant.
      {To mount guard} (Mil.), to go on duty as a guard or
      {To run the guard}, to pass the watch or sentinel without
      Syn: Defense; shield; protection; safeguard; convoy; escort;
               care; attention; watch; heed.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      1. In {functional programming}, a {Boolean}
      expression attached to a function definition specifying when
      (for what arguments) that definition is appropriate.
      2. In (parallel) {logic programming}, a Boolean expression
      which is used to select a {clause} from several alternative
      matching clauses.
      See {Guarded Horn Clauses}.
      3. In {parallel} languages, a {Boolean} expression which
      specifies when an message may be sent or received.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      (1.) Heb. tabbah (properly a "cook," and in a secondary sense
      "executioner," because this office fell to the lot of the cook
      in Eastern countries), the bodyguard of the kings of Egypt (Gen.
      37:36) and Babylon (2 Kings 25:8; Jer. 40:1; Dan. 2:14).
         (2.) Heb. rats, properly a "courier," one whose office was to
      run before the king's chariot (2 Sam. 15:1; 1 Kings 1:5). The
      couriers were also military guards (1 Sam. 22:17; 2 Kings
      10:25). They were probably the same who under David were called
      Pelethites (1 Kings 14:27; 2 Sam. 15:1).
         (3.) Heb. mishmereth, one who watches (Neh. 4:22), or a
      watch-station (7:3; 12:9; Job 7:12).
         In the New Testament (Mark 6:27) the Authorized Version
      renders the Greek _spekulator_ by "executioner," earlier English
      versions by "hangman," the Revised Version by "soldier of his
      guard." The word properly means a "pikeman" or "halberdier," of
      whom the bodyguard of kings and princes was composed. In Matt.
      27:65, 66; 28:11, the Authorized Version renders the Greek
      _kustodia_ by "watch," and the Revised Version by "guard," the
      Roman guard, which consisted of four soldiers, who were relieved
      every three hours (Acts 12:4). The "captain of the guard"
      mentioned Acts 28:16 was the commander of the Praetorian troops,
      whose duty it was to receive and take charge of all prisoners
      from the provinces.
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