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English Dictionary: watch by the DICT Development Group
5 results for watch
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a small portable timepiece
    Synonym(s): watch, ticker
  2. a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty
  3. a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
    Synonym(s): watch, vigil
  4. the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty
  5. a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
    Synonym(s): lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picket
  6. the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
    Synonym(s): vigil, watch
  1. look attentively; "watch a basketball game"
  2. follow with the eyes or the mind; "Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"
    Synonym(s): watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye on
  3. see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"
    Synonym(s): watch, view, see, catch, take in
  4. observe with attention; "They watched as the murderer was executed"
    Synonym(s): watch, look on
  5. be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful; "Watch out for pickpockets!"
    Synonym(s): watch, look out, watch out
  6. observe or determine by looking; "Watch how the dog chases the cats away"
  7. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; "I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
    Synonym(s): determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Watch \Watch\ (w[ocr]ch), n. [OE. wacche, AS. w[91]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
               to time.
                        Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and
                        ward.                                             --Spenser.
                        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
                     watch.                                                --Shak.
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Watch \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
            keep vigil.
                     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
                     watched.                                             --Milton.
      3. To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to
            seek opportunity.
                     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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Watch \Watch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Watched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      1. To give heed to; to observe the actions or motions of, for
            any purpose; to keep in view; not to lose from sight and
            observation; as, to watch the progress of a bill in the
                     Saul also sent messengers unto David's house to
                     watch him, and to slay him.               --1 Sam. xix.
                     I must cool a little, and watch my opportunity.
                     In lazy mood I watched the little circles die.
      2. To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
                     And flaming ministers, to watch and tend Their
                     earthy charge.                                    --Milton.
                     Paris watched the flocks in the groves of Ida.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Alarm \A*larm"\ ([adot]*l[aum]rm"), n. [F. alarme, It. all' arme
      to arms ! fr. L. arma, pl., arms. See {Arms}, and cf.
      1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
                     Arming to answer in a night alarm.      --Shak.
      2. Any sound or information intended to give notice of
            approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a
            warning of danger.
                     Sound an alarm in my holy mountain.   --Joel ii. 1.
      3. A sudden attack; disturbance; broil. [R.] [bd]These home
            alarms.[b8] --Shak.
                     Thy palace fill with insults and alarms. --Pope.
      4. Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by
            apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly,
            sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
                     Alarm and resentment spread throughout the camp.
      5. A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep,
            or rousing their attention; an alarum.
      {Alarm bell}, a bell that gives notice on danger.
      {Alarm clock} or {watch}, a clock or watch which can be so
            set as to ring or strike loudly at a prearranged hour, to
            wake from sleep, or excite attention.
      {Alarm gauge}, a contrivance attached to a steam boiler for
            showing when the pressure of steam is too high, or the
            water in the boiler too low.
      {Alarm post}, a place to which troops are to repair in case
            of an alarm.
      Syn: Fright; affright; terror; trepidation; apprehension;
               consternation; dismay; agitation; disquiet; disquietude.
      Usage: {Alarm}, {Fright}, {Terror}, {Consternation}. These
                  words express different degrees of fear at the
                  approach of danger. Fright is fear suddenly excited,
                  producing confusion of the senses, and hence it is
                  unreflecting. Alarm is the hurried agitation of
                  feeling which springs from a sense of immediate and
                  extreme exposure. Terror is agitating and excessive
                  fear, which usually benumbs the faculties.
                  Consternation is overwhelming fear, and carries a
                  notion of powerlessness and amazement. Alarm agitates
                  the feelings; terror disorders the understanding and
                  affects the will; fright seizes on and confuses the
                  sense; consternation takes possession of the soul, and
                  subdues its faculties. See {Apprehension}.
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