Definitions of guard

  1. a group of men who escort and protect some important person
  2. protect against a challenge or attack; " Hold that position behind the trees!"; " Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
  3. a position on a basketball team
  4. take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence; " guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; " guard against infection"
  5. a position on the line of scrimmage; " guards must be good blockers"
  6. the duty of serving as a sentry; " he was on guard that night"
  7. a device designed to prevent injury
  8. a posture of defence in boxing or fencing; " keep your guard up"
  9. the person who plays that position on a football team; " the left guard was injured on the play"
  10. a person who keeps watch over something or someone
  11. the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team
  12. watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; " guard my possessions while I'm away"
  13. 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"
  14. to keep watch over; " there would be men guarding the horses"
  15. 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.
  16. To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like.
  17. To protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc.
  18. To fasten by binding; to gird.
  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. A man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a person or position; a watch; a sentinel.
  21. One who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a conductor.
  22. Any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss
  23. That part of a sword hilt which protects the hand.
  24. Ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a garment.
  25. A chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person or dress.
  26. A fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a vessel.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. An interleaved strip at the back, as in a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when filled.
  30. A posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber exercise.
  31. An expression or admission intended to secure against objections or censure.
  32. Watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard.
  33. The fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of the Belemnites.
  34. To watch over or protect; preserve by caution; shield or defend.
  35. 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.
  36. To ward, watch, or take care of: to protect from danger.
  37. To watch: to be wary.
  38. 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.
  39. Man or body of men charged with defence; part of the hilt of a sword, protecting the hand; posture of defence.
  40. To watch; defend; protect.
  41. To protect; defend; watch over; be on one's guard.
  42. One who or that which protects or defends.
  43. Watchful oversight; an attitude or condition of defence.
  44. One having charge, as of a train, or of baggage.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. To defend or protect from danger or attack.
  48. To watch by way of caution; to be cautious.
  49. To protect; to defend; to watch over; to keep in safety; to be cautious.
  50. 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.
  51. The rostrum of a Belemnite.

Usage examples for guard

  1. But now she must be on her guard. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  2. But I shall be careful,- careful of myself and of her,- - I shall guard her name in every way, on my side- and if- if I love her, she shall never know it! – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  3. Wait a moment, and I will tell you how many times Toulan and Lepitre have kept guard the present month. – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  4. Thou canst not guard thee! – Semiramis and Other Plays Semiramis, Carlotta And The Poet by Olive Tilford Dargan
  5. He determined, following him along the hall, to keep a close guard on him for the next few hours, but beyond that, just then, he did not try to go. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  6. And Rocheblave, when he appeared, was no better, and was put back in his house under guard. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  7. No, not in all your guard! – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  8. I put you on your guard. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  9. " I'm not so sure of that," replied Lorimer; " but you know enough now to be on your guard with him." – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  10. It was, Drew noted, well guarded and the guard paid special attention to the woods and fields flanking them. – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton
  11. I was taken off my guard. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  12. " I may as well tell the guard now," he said. – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  13. The time is coming very soon when we'll have the right to guard the child not only when it's a baby but even before it has been born. – His Family by Ernest Poole
  14. " No, sir," I answered, off my guard. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  15. " I shall act for the best," he said-" what of best is left- to guard the dear children. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  16. The Old Guard- drink her up, and drink her down! – Fore! by Charles Emmett Van Loan
  17. Still, you put me upon my guard. – The Secret Witness by George Gibbs
  18. " And pay a real lady to guard her. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  19. Her sister's life lay in her hands, and she must guard it. – Dora Thorne by Charlotte M. Braeme