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.
One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a
body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard.
The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a
watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
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.
A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about
the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring.
To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to
To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the
lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.
To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to
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
To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly
in its place; -- said of a buoy.
An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing
watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.
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.
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.