Definitions of watch

  1. To be or keep awake; to be attentive; to look with expectation; to keep guard; to act as sentinel; to be vigilant; to be insidiously attentive; to attend on the sick during the night.
  2. 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.
  3. To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
  4. To tend; guard; keep in sight.
  5. To keep in view: to give heed to: to have in keeping: to guard.
  6. To keep in view; give heed to; guard.
  7. To observe closely; keep in view; guard.
  8. 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.
  9. The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
  10. 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.
  11. A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring.
  12. To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.
  13. To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.
  14. To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity.
  15. 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.
  16. To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; - said of a buoy.
  17. To be or keep awake; keep guard; act as an attendant.
  18. To look with attention: to keep guard: to look out.
  19. To look attentively; keep guard; be awake.
  20. 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"
  21. 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"
  22. be vigilant, be on the lookout, be on one's guard, be careful; " Watch out for pickpockets!"
  23. observe or determine by looking; " Watch how the dog chases the cats away"
  24. To be on the alert; be wakeful; serve as a watchman.
  25. To wait expectantly; followed by for.
  26. To guard; to have in keeping; to lie in wait for; to tend; to note carefully. To watch over, to be cautiously observant of.
  27. To be attentive; to look with attention; to keep guard; to lie in wait for; to observe attentively in order to detect or prevent; to attend on the sick during the night.
  28. a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
  29. a devotional watch ( especially on the eve of a religious festival)
  30. a period of time ( 4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty
  31. the period during which someone ( especially a guard) is on duty
  32. look attentively; " watch a basketball game"
  33. An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.
  34. 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.
  35. Close observation; vigilance; attendance without sleep; a watchman; a guard or sentry; division of the night; period, usually of four hours, during which a given part of a ship's crew are on duty on deck; a pocket timepiece.
  36. Watcher.
  37. Act of looking out: close observation: guard: one who watches or those who watch: a sentry: the place where a guard is kept: time of watching, esp. in a ship: a division of the night: a pocket timepiece. The essential parts of a watch are the dial on which the hours, minutes, and seconds are marked, the hands which move round the dial pointing to these divisions, the train of wheels which carry round the hands, etc., the blanace which regulates the motion of the wheels, and the coiled spring ( the mainspring), whose elastic force produces the motion of the whole machinery, the movement being inclosed in a protecting case usually of gold or silver.
  38. A repeating watch or repeater has in addition a small bell, gong, or other sounding object on which the hours, half- hours, quarters, etc., are struck on the compression of a spring. A chronometer watch or pocket chronometer isone of the finest kinds of watches fitted with a compensation balance and other devices which prevent the variations of temperature from affecting the regular movement of the watch. Watches were invented at Nuremberg about the beginning of the sixteenth century, and for a long time the wearing of a watch was considered in some degree a mark or proof of gentility. Thus Malvolio remarks in anticipation of his great fortune. " I frown the while; and perchance wind up my watch, or play with my- some rich jewel."- Shak.
  39. Act of watching; guard; one who watches, or those who watch: time of watching; division of the night: pocket timepiece.
  40. Vigilant observation; wakefulness.
  41. A watcher; watchman; guard; also, watchmen collectively.
  42. The period of time that one set of men is on duty; a division of the night; also, the men on duty.
  43. A pocket mechanism for keeping time.
  44. Forbearance of sleep; attendance without sleep; attention; close observation; guard; a watchman or watchmen set for a guard; the place where guard is kept; post or office of a watchman; a certain period of the night in which one person or a set of persons staud as sentinels: a small timepiece or chronometer, to be carried in the pocket or about the person; the period during which a division of the crew is on duty on deck. To be on the watch, to be looking steadily for some event.
  45. Attendance without sleep; close observation; steady look- out; a person keeping guard; a sentinel; a guard; a space of time allotted to a guard to keep watch; a time- piece adapted for pocket- use.