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watch

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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)
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83 in 80 verses (in OT : 64 in 61 verses) (in NT : 19 in 19 verses)

CIDE DICTIONARY

watchn. [OE. wacche, AS. wæcce, fr. wacian to wake; akin to D. wacht, waak, G. wacht, wache. Wake, 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.  [1913 Webster]
    " 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."  [1913 Webster]
    "Shepherds keeping watch by night."  [1913 Webster]
    "All the long night their mournful watch they keep."  [1913 Webster]
    "Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward."  [1913 Webster]
    "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."  [1913 Webster]
  •  One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard.  [1913 Webster]
    "Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch; go your way, make it as sure as ye can."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.  [1913 Webster]
    "He upbraids Iago, that he made him
    Brave me upon the watch.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "I did stand my watch upon the hill."  [1913 Webster]
    "Might we but hear . . .
    Or whistle from the lodge, or village cock
    Count the night watches to his feathery dames.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring.  [1913 Webster]
    " Watches are often distinguished by the kind of escapement used, as an anchor watch, a lever watch, a chronometer watch, etc. (see the Note under Escapement, n., 3); also, by the kind of case, as a gold or silver watch, an open-faced watch, a hunting watch, or hunter, etc."  [1913 Webster]
  •  An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.  [1913 Webster]
Anchor watch (Naut.), a detail of one or more men who keep watch on deck when a vessel is at anchor. -- To be on the watch, to be looking steadily for some event. -- Watch and ward (Law), the charge or care of certain officers to keep a watch by night and a guard by day in towns, cities, and other districts, for the preservation of the public peace. Wharton. Burrill. -- Watch and watch (Naut.), the regular alternation in being on watch and off watch of the two watches into which a ship's crew is commonly divided. -- Watch barrel, the brass box in a watch, containing the mainspring. -- Watch bell (Naut.), a bell struck when the half-hour glass is run out, or at the end of each half hour. Craig. -- Watch bill (Naut.), a list of the officers and crew of a ship as divided into watches, with their stations. Totten. -- Watch case, the case, or outside covering, of a watch; also, a case for holding a watch, or in which it is kept. -- Watch chain. Same as watch guard, below. -- Watch clock, a watchman's clock; see under Watchman. -- Watch fire, a fire lighted at night, as a signal, or for the use of a watch or guard. -- Watch glass. (a) A concavo-convex glass for covering the face, or dial, of a watch; -- also called watch crystal. (b) (Naut.) A half-hour glass used to measure the time of a watch on deck.<-- (c) (Chem.) A round concavo-convex glass of shallow depth used for certain manipulations of chemicals in a laboratory. --> -- Watch guard, a chain or cord by which a watch is attached to the person. -- Watch gun (Naut.), a gun sometimes fired on shipboard at 8 p. m., when the night watch begins. -- Watch light, a low-burning lamp used by watchers at night; formerly, a candle having a rush wick. -- Watch night, The last night of the year; -- so called by the Methodists, Moravians, and others, who observe it by holding religious meetings lasting until after midnight. -- Watch paper, an old-fashioned ornament for the inside of a watch case, made of paper cut in some fanciful design, as a vase with flowers, etc. -- Watch tackle (Naut.), a small, handy purchase, consisting of a tailed double block, and a single block with a hook.
watchv. i. [Cf. AS. w, wacian. Watch, n., Wake, v. i. ].
  •  To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.  [1913 Webster]
    "I have two nights watched with you."  [1913 Webster]
    "Couldest thou not watch one hour ?"  [1913 Webster]
  •  To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.  [1913 Webster]
    "Take ye heed, watch and pray."  [1913 Webster]
    "The Son gave signal high
    To the bright minister that watched.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity.  [1913 Webster]
    "My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; -- said of a buoy.  [1913 Webster]
To watch over, to be cautiously observant of; to inspect, superintend, and guard.
watchv. 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.  [1913 Webster]
    "Saul also sent messengers unto David's house to watch him, and to slay him."  [1913 Webster]
    "I must cool a little, and watch my opportunity."  [1913 Webster]
    "In lazy mood I watched the little circles die."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.  [1913 Webster]
    "And flaming ministers, to watch and tend
    Their earthy charge.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Paris watched the flocks in the groves of Ida."  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

watch, v. & n.
--v.
1 tr. keep the eyes fixed on; look at attentively.
2 tr. a keep under observation; follow observantly. b monitor or consider carefully; pay attention to (have to watch my weight; watched their progress with interest).
3 intr. (often foll. by for) be in an alert state; be vigilant; take heed (watch for the holes in the road; watch for an opportunity).
4 intr. (foll. by over) look after; take care of.
5 intr. archaic remain awake for devotions etc.
--n.
1 a small portable timepiece for carrying on one's person.
2 a state of alert or constant observation or attention.
3 Naut. a a four-hour spell of duty. b (in full starboard or port watch) each of the halves, divided according to the position of the bunks, into which a ship's crew is divided to take alternate watches.
4 hist. a watchman or group of watchmen, esp. patrolling the streets at night.
5 a former division of the night.
6 a period of wakefulness at night.
7 hist. irregular Highland troops in the 18th c.

Idiom
on the watch waiting for an expected or feared occurrence. set the watch Naut. station sentinels etc. watch-case the outer metal case enclosing the works of a watch. watch-chain a metal chain for securing a pocket-watch. Watch Committee hist. (in the UK) the committee of a county borough council dealing with policing etc. watch-glass
1 a glass disc covering the dial of a watch.
2 a similar disc used in a laboratory etc. to hold material for use in experiments. watching brief see BRIEF. watch it (or oneself) colloq. be careful.
watch-night
1 the last night of the year.
2 a religious service held on this night.
watch out
1 (often foll. by for) be on one's guard.
2 as a warning of immediate danger. watch-spring the mainspring of a watch. watch one's step proceed cautiously. watch-strap esp. Brit. a strap for fastening a watch on the wrist. watch-tower a tower from which observation can be kept.
Derivative
watchable adj. watcher n. (also in comb.).
Etymology
OE w{aelig}cce (n.), rel. to WAKE(1)

THESAURUS

watch

Argus, Big Ben, Charley, abide, airplane spotter, alarm clock, alarm watch, anchor watch, and listen, animadvert, appear, assister, astronomical clock, atomic clock, attend, attend to, await, baby-sit, bakehead, be at, be present at, be vigilant, be watchful, bevy, bide, bit, black gang, boilerman, box chronometer, bug, bungs, cabin boy, calculate on, calendar clock, calendar watch, care for, case, catch, chaperon, charm, cherish, chips, chronograph, chronometer, chronopher, chronoscope, clepsydra, clock, clock movement, clocks, clockworks, cloud, come to, commissary steward, complement, conserve, count on, covey, cuckoo clock, custodianship, custody, day shift, deckhand, deckie, dekko, dial, digital clock, digital watch, do, dogwatch, eagle eye, electric clock, electronic clock, espial, espionage, examine, eye, eyeball, fire patrolman, fire warden, fireguard, fireman, flight, flock, follow, forestall, forward observer, foster, full time, gaggle, gape, gaze at, gnomon, go to, grandfather clock, graveyard shift, guard, guardedness, guardianship, gun loader, gunner, half time, half-hour glass, half-minute glass, hand, have a looksee, heed, hive, hold in view, horologe, horologium, hospital steward, hourglass, hunter, independent-seconds watch, inspect, invigilation, isochronon, journeyman, keep alert, keep guard, keep in sight, keep in view, keep under observation, keep vigil, keep watch, keep watch over, landing signalman, lobster trick, look, look about one, look after, look at, look for, look forward to, look lively, look on, look out, look out for, look sharp, look to, look upon, looking, lookout, lookout man, mail orderly, make a reconnaissance, marine chronometer, mark, mark time, matronize, metronome, mind, minister to, monitoring, mother, mount guard, murmuration, navigator, never nod, night shift, night watchman, note, notice, nurse, nurture, observance, observation, observe, ogle, oiler, overtime, part time, patrol, patroller, patrolman, peeled eye, peep, picket, plague, play the spy, police, preserve, proctoring, protege, provide for, prudence, purser, put under surveillance, qui vive, radio operator, reckon on, reconnoiter, regard, relay, remark, repeater, respect, ride herd on, roundsman, roustabout, sandglass, scan, scout, scout out, scrutinize, scrutiny, see, see after, see to, sentinel, sentry, sharp eye, shepherd, shift, show up, sit in, sit up for, skein, snip, snips, sparks, split schedule, split shift, spotter, spring, spy, spy out, spy upon, spying, stake out, stand guard, stand sentinel, stay up for, steward, stewardess, stewardship, stint, stoker, stop, sundial, sunrise watch, support, surveillance, swarm, sweat, sweat it out, sweat out, swing shift, tab, take care of, take charge of, take in, take note, take notice, telltale, tend, ticker, time, time switch, timekeeper, timepiece, timepieces, timer, torpedoman, tour, tour of duty, tout, trick, turn, turn of work, turn up, turnip, vedette, view, viewing, vigil, vigilance, visit, wait, wait for, wait on, wait up for, ward, wariness, watch and wait, watch and ward, watch out, watch out for, watch over, watcher, watchful eye, watchfulness, watching, watchkeeper, watchman, watchworks, weather eye, witness, witnessing, work shift, wristwatch, yeoman

ROGET THESAURUS

watch

Safety

VB be safe, keep one's head above water, tide over, save one's bacon, ride out the storm, weather the storm, light upon one's feet, land on one's feet, bear a charmed life, escape, make safe, render safe Adj, protect, take care of, preserve, cover, screen, shelter, shroud, flank, ward, guard, secure, entrench, intrench, fence round, house, nestle, ensconce, take charge of, escort, convoy, garrison, watch, mount guard, patrol, make assurance doubly sure, take up a loose thread, take precautions, double reef topsails, seek safety, take shelter, find shelter.

N safety, security, surety, impregnability, invulnerability, invulnerableness, danger past, danger over, storm blown over, coast clear, escape, means of escape, blow valve, safety valve, release valve, sniffing valve, safeguard, palladium, guardianship, wardship, wardenship, tutelage, custody, safekeeping, preservation, protection, auspices, safe-conduct, escort, convoy, guard, shield, guardian angel, tutelary god, tutelary deity, tutelary saint, genius loci, protector, guardian, warden, warder, preserver, custodian, duenna, chaperon, third person, watchdog, bandog, Cerberus, watchman, patrolman, policeman, cop, dick, fuzz, smokey, peeler, zarp, sentinel, sentry, scout, garrison, guardship, refuge &c, anchor, precaution, quarantine, cordon sanitaire, confidence, protect, take care of, preserve, cover, screen, shelter, shroud, flank, ward, guard, secure, entrench, intrench, fence round, house, nestle, ensconce, take charge of, escort, convoy, garrison, watch, mount guard, patrol, make assurance doubly sure, take up a loose thread, take precautions, double reef topsails, seek safety, take shelter, find shelter, Adj, safe, secure, sure, in safety, in security, on the safe side, under the shield of, under the shade of, under the wing of, under the shadow of one's wing, under cover, under lock and key, out of danger, out of the woods, out of the meshes, out of harm's way, unharmed, unscathed, on sure ground, at anchor, high and dry, above water, unthreatened, unmolested, protected, cavendo tutus, panoplied, snug, seaworthy, weatherproof, waterproof, fireproof, defensible, tenable, proof against, invulnerable, unassailable, unattackable, impenetrable, impregnable, imperdible, inexpugnable, Achillean, safe and sound, scathless, unhazarded, not dangerous, unthreatening, harmless, friendly (cooperative), protecting, protective, guardian, tutelary, preservative, trustworthy, ex abundanti cautela, with impunity, all's well, salva res est, suave mari magno, a couvert, e terra alterius spectare laborem, Dieu vous garde.

Warning

N warning, early warning, caution, caveat, notice, premonition, premonishment, prediction, contraindication, lesson, dehortation, admonition, monition, alarm, handwriting on the wall, mene mene tekel upharsin, red flag, yellow flag, fog-signal, foghorn, siren, monitor, warning voice, Cassandra, signs of the times, Mother Cary's chickens, stormy petrel, bird of ill omen, gathering clouds, clouds in the horizon, death watch, watchtower, beacon, signal post, lighthouse, sentinel, sentry, watch, watchman, watch and ward, watchdog, bandog, housedog, patrol, patrolman, vedette, picket, bivouac, scout, spy, spial, undercover agent, mole, plainclothesman, advanced guard, rear guard, lookout, cautiousness, monitor, guard camera, radar, AWACS, spy satellite, spy-in-the- sky, U2 plane, spy plane, warning, premonitory, monitory, cautionary, admonitory, admonitive, sematic, warned, forewarned, on one's guard, in terrorem, Int, beware!, ware!, take care!, look out!, fore (golf), mind what you are about!, take care what you are about!, mind!, ne reveillez pas le chat qui dort, don't wake a sleeping cat, foenum habet in cornu, caveat actor, le silence du people est la legon des rois, verbum sat sapienti, a word to the wise is sufficient, un averti en vaut deux.

Chronometry

N chronometry, horometry, horology, date, epoch, style, era, almanac, calendar, ephemeris, register, registry, chronicle, annals, journal, diary, chronogram, clock, wall clock, pendulum clock, grandfather's clock, cuckoo clock, alarm clock, clock radio, watch, wristwatch, pocket watch, stopwatch, Swiss watch, atomic clock, digital clock, analog clock, quartz watch, water clock, chronometer, chronoscope, chronograph, repeater, timekeeper, timepiece, dial, sundial, gnomon, horologe, pendulum, hourglass, clepsydra, ghurry, chronographer, chronologer, chronologist, timekeeper, annalist, calendar year, leap year, Julian calendar, Gregorian calendar, Chinese calendar, Jewish calendar, perpetual calendar, Farmer's almanac, fiscal year, chronological, chronometrical, chronogrammatical, cinquecento, quattrocento, trecento, o'clock.

Vision

N vision, sight, optics, eyesight, view, look, espial, glance, ken, coup d'oeil, glimpse, glint, peep, gaze, stare, leer, perlustration, contemplation, conspection, conspectuity, regard, survey, introspection, reconnaissance, speculation, watch, espionage, espionnage, autopsy, ocular inspection, ocular demonstration, sight-seeing, point of view, gazebo, loophole, belvedere, watchtower, field of view, theater, amphitheater, arena, vista, horizon, commanding view, bird's eye view, periscope, visual organ, organ of vision, eye, naked eye, unassisted eye, retina, pupil, iris, cornea, white, optics, orbs, saucer eyes, goggle eyes, gooseberry eyes, short sight, clear sight, sharp sight, quick sight, eagle sight, piercing sight, penetrating sight, clear glance, sharp glance, quick glance, eagle glance, piercing glance, penetrating glance, clear eye, sharp eye, quick eye, eagle eye, piercing eye, penetrating eye, perspicacity, discernment, catopsis, eagle, hawk, cat, lynx, Argus, evil eye, basilisk, cockatrice, seeing, visual, ocular, optic, optical, ophthalmic, clear-eyesighted, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, lynx-eyed, keen- eyed, Argus-eyed, visible, visibly, in sight of, with one's eyes open at sight, at first sight, at a glance, at the first blush, prima facie, Int, look!, the scales falling from one's eyes, an eye like Mars to threaten or command, her eyes are homes of silent prayer, looking before and after, thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes.

VB see, behold, discern, perceive, have in sight, descry, sight, make out, discover, distinguish, recognize, spy, espy, ken, get a sight of, have a sight of, catch a sight of, get a glimpse of, have a glimpse of, catch a glimpse of, command a view of, witness, contemplate, speculate, cast the eyes on, set the eyes on, be a spectator of, look on, see sights, see at a glance, look, view, eye, lift up the eyes, open one's eye, look at, look on, look upon, look over, look about one, look round, survey, scan, inspect, run the eye over, run the eye through, reconnoiter, glance round, glance on, glance over turn one's looks upon, bend one's looks upon, direct the eyes to, turn the eyes on, cast a glance, observe, watch, see with one's own eyes, watch for, peep, peer, pry, take a peep, play at bopeep, look full in the face, look hard at, look intently, strain one's eyes, fix the eyes upon, rivet the eyes upon, stare, gaze, pore over, gloat on, leer, ogle, glare, goggle, cock the eye, squint, gloat, look askance.

Care

N care, solicitude, heed, heedfulness, scruple, watchfulness, vigilance, surveillance, eyes of Argus, watch, vigil, look out, watch and ward, loeil du maitre, alertness, attention, prudence &c, circumspection, anxiety, forethought, precaution, tidiness accuracy, minuteness, attention to detail, careful regardful, heedful, taking care, particular, prudent, considerate, thoughtful, provident, alert, sure-footed, guarded, on one's guard, on the qui vivre, on the alert, on watch, on the lookout, awake, broad awake, vigilant, watchful, wakeful, wistful, Argus-eyed, wide awake, on the watch for (expectant), tidy accurate, scrupulous, cavendo tutus, carefully, with care, gingerly, quis custodiet istos custodes?, who will watch the watchers?, care will kill a cat, ni bebas agua que no veas, O polished perturbation! Golden care!, the incessant care and labor of his mind.

VB be careful, reck, take care, pay attention to, take care of, look to, look after, see to, see after, keep an eye on, keep a sharp eye on, chaperon, matronize, play gooseberry, keep watch, keep watch and ward, mount guard, set watch, watch, keep in sight, keep in view, mind, mind one's business, look sharp, look about one, look with one's own eyes, keep a good lookout, keep a sharp lookout, have all one's wits about one, have all one's eyes about one, watch for, keep one's eyes open, have the eyes open, sleep with one's eye open.

Measurement

N measurement, admeasurement, mensuration, survey, valuation, appraisement, assessment, assize, estimate, estimation, dead reckoning, reckoning, gauging, horse power, metrology, weights and measures, compound arithmetic, measure, yard measure, standard, rule, foot rule, compass, calipers, gage, gauge, meter, line, rod, check, dividers, velo, flood mark, high water mark, Plimsoll line, index, scale, graduation, graduated scale, nonius, vernier, bathometer, galvanometer, heliometer, interferometer, odometer, ombrometer, pantometer, pluviometer, pneumatometer, pneumometer, radiometer, refractometer, respirometer, rheometer, spirometer, telemeter, udometer, vacuometer, variometer, viameter, thermometer, thermistor (heat) &c, barometer (air), anemometer (wind), dynamometer, goniometer, (angle) 244 meter, landmark, balance, scale, marigraph, pneumatograph, stethograph, rain gauge, rain gage, voltmeter (volts), ammeter (amps), spectrophotometer (light absorbance), mass spectrophotometer (molecular mass), geiger counter, scintillation counter (radioactivity), pycnometer (liquid density), graduated cylinder, volumetric flask (volume), radar gun (velocity), radar (distance), side-looking radar, (shape, topography), sonar (depth in water), light meter (light intensity), clock, watch, stopwatch, chronometer (time), anemometer (wind velocity), densitometer (color intensity), measurability, computability, determinability, coordinates, ordinate and abscissa, polar coordinates, latitude and longitude, declination and right ascension, altitude and azimuth, geometry, stereometry, hypsometry, metage, surveying, land surveying, geodesy, geodetics, geodesia, orthometry, altimetry, cadastre, astrolabe, armillary sphere, land surveyor, geometer, measuring, metric, metrical, measurable, perceptible, noticeable, detectable, appreciable, ponderable, determinable, fathomable, geodetical, topographic, topographical, cartographic, cartographical.

Expectation

VB expect, look for, look out for, look forward to, hope for, anticipate, have in prospect, have in contemplation, keep in view, contemplate, promise oneself, not wonder at, not wonder if, wait for, tarry for, lie in wait for, watch for, bargain for, keep a good lookout for, keep a sharp lookout for, await, stand at 'attention' abide, bide one's time, watch, foresee, prepare for, forestall, count upon, think likely, lead one to expect, have in store for, prick up one's ears, hold one's breath.


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