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Watch

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(1):

(v. i.) 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.

(2):

(n.) An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.

(3):

(v. i.) One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard.

(4):

(v. i.) To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity.

(5):

(v. t.) To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.

(6):

(v. t.) 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 legislature.

(7):

(v. i.) 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.

(8):

(v. i.) To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.

(9):

(v. i.) To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; - said of a buoy.

(10):

(v. i.) The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.

(11):

(v. i.) To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.

(12):

(v. i.) A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring.

(13):

(n.) That part, usually one half, of the officers and crew, who together attend to the working of a vessel for an allotted time, usually four hours. The watches are designated as the port watch, and the starboard watch.

(14):

(v. i.) 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.

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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Watch'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/w/watch.html. 1828.

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