Pronunciation: wǒch
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.
- Addison.
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. 65.
3.The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
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.
5.A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring.
6.(Naut.) An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.
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.
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.
- Wharton.
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.
Watch bill
(Naut.) a list of the officers and crew of a ship as divided into watches, with their stations.
- Craig.
Watch case
the case, or outside covering, of a watch; also, a case for holding a watch, or in which it is kept.
- Totten.
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.
(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.
v. i.1.
1.To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.
Couldest thou not watch one hour ?
- Mark xiv. 37.
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. 33.
3.To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity.
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.
v. t.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 legislature.
Saul also sent messengers unto David's house to watch him, and to slay him.
- 1 Sam. xix. 11
I must cool a little, and watch my opportunity.
- Landor.
2.To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
Noun1.watch - a small portable timepiece
Synonyms: ticker
2.watch - a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty
3.watch - a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
Synonyms: vigil
4.watch - the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty
5.Watchwatch - a person employed to watch for something to happen
6.watch - a devotional watch (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
Synonyms: vigil
Verb1.watch - look attentively; "watch a basketball game"
2.watch - 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"
3.watch - 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"
Synonyms: view, take in, see, catch
4.watch - observe with attention; "They watched as the murderer was executed"
Synonyms: look on
5.watch - be vigilant, be on the lookout, be on one's guard, be careful; "Watch out for pickpockets!"
Synonyms: look out, watch out
6.watch - observe or determine by looking; "Watch how the dog chases the cats away"
7.watch - 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"

WATCH, police. To watch is, properly speaking, to stand sentry and attend guard during the night time: certain officers called watchmen are appointed in most of the United States, whose duty it is to arrest all persons who are violating the law, or breaking the peace. (q.v.) Vide 1 Bl. Com. 356; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 14, 20.

To see a watch in your dream, signifies prosperity. To dream that you lose a watch, signifies domestic disturbances and unhappiness. To dream that you steal one, foretells that a vicious rival will attack your reputation. To look at the time of a watch in your dream, denotes that efforts will be defeated by rivalry. To dream that you break a watch, signifies loss and distress surrounding you. To dream that you drop a crystal watch, signifies carelessness or an unpleasant companionship.Argus, Big Ben, Charley, abide, airplane spotter, alarm clock, alarm watch, anchor watch, and listen, animadvert, appear, assister, astronomical clock, atomic clock, 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, 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, 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, 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 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, notice, nurse, nurture, observance, observation, ogle, oiler, overtime, part time, 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, relay, remark, repeater, respect, ride herd on, roundsman, roustabout, sandglass, scout, scout out, scrutinize, scrutiny, see, see after, see to, sharp eye, shepherd, 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, timepieces, timer, torpedoman, tour, tour of duty, tout, trick, turn, turn of work, turn up, turnip, vedette, viewing, 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, watchworks, weather eye, witness, witnessing, work shift, wristwatch, yeoman
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