Definition of Guard

1. Noun. A person who keeps watch over something or someone.

2. Verb. To keep watch over. "There would be men guarding the horses"

3. Noun. The person who plays that position on a football team. "The left guard was injured on the play"
Generic synonyms: Lineman

4. Verb. Watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect. "Guard my possessions while I'm away"
Exact synonyms: Ward
Generic synonyms: Protect
Specialized synonyms: Shepherd
Derivative terms: Ward, Warder

5. Noun. A device designed to prevent injury or accidents.
Exact synonyms: Safety, Safety Device
Generic synonyms: Device
Specialized synonyms: Fender, Safety Catch, Safety Lock

6. Verb. Protect against a challenge or attack. "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
Exact synonyms: Defend, Hold
Generic synonyms: Protect
Related verbs: Hold
Derivative terms: Defence, Defender, Defensible, Defensive

7. Noun. A posture of defence in boxing or fencing. "Keep your guard up"
Generic synonyms: Attitude, Position, Posture

8. Verb. Take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence. "Guard against infection"
Generic synonyms: Act, Move

9. Noun. The person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team.

10. Noun. A military unit serving to protect some place or person.

11. Noun. A precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.. "We let our guard down"
Exact synonyms: Precaution, Safeguard
Generic synonyms: Measure, Step
Specialized synonyms: Backstop, Security, Security Measures
Derivative terms: Precautionary, Safeguard

12. Noun. The duty of serving as a sentry. "He was on guard that night"
Exact synonyms: Guard Duty, Sentry Duty, Sentry Go
Generic synonyms: Assignment, Duty Assignment

13. Noun. (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage. "Guards must be good blockers"
Generic synonyms: Lineman
Group relationships: Eleven, Football Team

14. Noun. A position on a basketball team.
Generic synonyms: Position
Group relationships: Basketball Team, Five

Definition of Guard

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. 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.

3. n. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack; defense; protection.

Definition of Guard

1. Noun. A person who, or thing that, protects or watches over something. ¹

2. Noun. (military) A squad responsible for protecting something. ¹

3. Noun. A part of a machine which blocks access to dangerous parts. ¹

4. Noun. (Australia) A panel of a car that encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels. ¹

5. Noun. (basketball) A relatively short player, playing farther from the basket than a forward or center. ¹

6. Noun. (cricket) The position on the popping crease where a batsman makes a mark to align himself with the wicket; ''see take guard''. ¹

7. Noun. (American football) Either of two offensive positions between the center and each of the offensive tackles, whose main responsibilities are to protect the quarterback, and open up "holes" through which offensive players can run. ¹

8. Noun. (sports) A player playing a position named guard. ¹

9. Noun. (rail) An employee, normally travelling in the last vehicle of a train, responsible for the safety of the train. ¹

10. Verb. To protect from some offence (specific or abstract.) ¹

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Definition of Guard

1. to protect [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: protect

Medical Definition of Guard

1. 1. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack; defense; protection. "His greatness was no guard to bar heaven's shaft." (Shak) 2. A man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a person or position; a watch; a sentinel. "The guard which kept the door of the king's house." Kings xiv. 27. 3. One who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a conductor. 4. Any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss; as: That part of a sword hilt which protects the hand. Ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a garment. A chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person or dress. A fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a vessel. An extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull; especially, 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. 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. An interleaved strip at the back, as in a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when filled. 5. A posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber exercise. 6. An expression or admission intended to secure against objections or censure. "They have expressed themselves with as few guards and restrictions as I." (Atterbury) 7. Watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard. 8. The fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of the Belemnites. Guard is often used adjectively or in combination; as, guard boat or guardboat; guardroom or guard room; guard duty. Advanced guard, Coast guard, etc. See Advanced, Coast, etc. Grand guard, one of the posts of the second line belonging to a system of advance posts of an army. Guard boat. A boat appointed to row the rounds among ships of war in a harbor, to see that their officers keep a good lookout. A boat used by harbor authorities to enforce the observance of quarantine regulations. Guard cells, to go on duty as a guard or sentinel. To run the guard, to pass the watch or sentinel without leave. Synonym: Defense, shield, protection, safeguard, convoy, escort, care, attention, watch, heed. Origin: OF. Guarde, F. Garde; of German origin; cf. OHG. Wart, marto, one who watches, mata a watching, Goth. Wardja watchman. See Guard. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Guard

guaranteed arrival
guaranteed equity bond
guard's van
guard boat
guard cell
guard dog
guard dogs
guard duty
guard hair
guard mounting
guard of honor
guard of honour
guard rail
guard rails
guard ship

Literary usage of Guard

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Annual Report by New Jersey Civil Service Commission (1908)
"Sixty-six-foot opening; 36-in. iron girders on mason work abutment and center pier; structure on a tangent, equipped with guard timbers; there are no guard ..."

2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1905)
"However, I have devised this guard, aiming to answer every requirement that might arise. This guard is composed of the protecting arm with a T-shaped end, ..."

3. Report by Washington (State), Washington (State) Auditor's office, Auditor's Office (1898)
"JC, guard, at $45 l 365 15 McFarlane, AL, guard, at $45, ... FE, guard, at $45 745 58 Ridpath, WM, exp. member board of control 34 00 Singer Manufacturing ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"11 Illus World 25:742-7 Ag '16 Mobilizing the national guard—a lesson on ... 11 Ind 87:15-16 Jl 3 '16 National guard. Sei Am 114:59 Ja 8 '16 National guard ..."

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