Definitions of guard

  1. To watch by way of caution; to be cautious.
  2. To protect; defend; watch over; be on one's guard.
  3. A man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a person or position; a watch; a sentinel.
  4. One who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a conductor.
  5. Any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss
  6. That part of a sword hilt which protects the hand.
  7. Ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a garment.
  8. A chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person or dress.
  9. A fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a vessel.
  10. An extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull; esp., in side- wheel steam vessels, the framework of strong timbers, which curves out on each side beyond the paddle wheel, and protects it and the shaft against collision.
  11. A plate of metal, beneath the stock, or the lock frame, of a gun or pistol, having a loop, called a bow, to protect the trigger.
  12. An interleaved strip at the back, as in a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when filled.
  13. A posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber exercise.
  14. An expression or admission intended to secure against objections or censure.
  15. Watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard.
  16. The fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of the Belemnites.
  17. To ward, watch, or take care of: to protect from danger.
  18. To watch; defend; protect.
  19. To watch by way of caution or defense; to be caution; to be in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful persons guard against mistakes.
  20. To watch over or protect; preserve by caution; shield or defend.
  21. To watch: to be wary.
  22. take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence; " guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; " guard against infection"
  23. watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; " guard my possessions while I'm away"
  24. To defend or protect from danger or attack.
  25. To protect; to defend; to watch over; to keep in safety; to be cautious.
  26. The Life- Guards. Advanced- guard or van- guard, a body of troops that march before an army or division, to prevent surprise or give notice of danger. Rear- guard, a body of troops that march in the rear of an army or division, for its protection. Life- guards, a body of select troops, whose duty is to defend the person of a prince; the elite of the army.
  27. a group of men who escort and protect some important person
  28. a position on a basketball team
  29. a position on the line of scrimmage; " guards must be good blockers"
  30. the duty of serving as a sentry; " he was on guard that night"
  31. a device designed to prevent injury
  32. a posture of defence in boxing or fencing; " keep your guard up"
  33. the person who plays that position on a football team; " the left guard was injured on the play"
  34. a person who keeps watch over something or someone
  35. the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team
  36. a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.; " he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; " an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; " we let our guard down"
  37. to keep watch over; " there would be men guarding the horses"
  38. To protect from danger; to secure against surprise, attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend; to shelter; to shield from surprise or attack; to protect by attendance; to accompany for protection; to care for.
  39. To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like.
  40. To protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc.
  41. To fasten by binding; to gird.
  42. Security or defense against injury or attack; a state of watchfulness or caution; attention; a position of defense in fencing; any contrivance or devic for security; a man or body of men employed for defense.
  43. That which guards from danger: a man or body of men stationed to protect: one who has charge of a coach or railway train: state of caution: posture of defence: part of the hilt of a sword: a watch- chain:- pl. troops attached to the person of a sovereign.
  44. Man or body of men charged with defence; part of the hilt of a sword, protecting the hand; posture of defence.
  45. One who or that which protects or defends.
  46. Watchful oversight; an attitude or condition of defence.
  47. One having charge, as of a train, or of baggage.
  48. Security or defence against attack or injury; a man or body of men on guard; a person in charge of a railway train or a coach; a watch- chain; a state of caution or vigilance, in order to prevent surprise or attack; part of the hilt of a sword, which protects the hand; a posture of defence.
  49. Defence; preservation or security against loss or injury; that which defends or protects; anticipation of objection; caution of expression; a body of men for defence or security; state of caution or vigilance; in fencing, a posture of defence.
  50. The rostrum of a Belemnite.