Definition of Sentry

1. Noun. A person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event.

Exact synonyms: Lookout, Lookout Man, Picket, Scout, Sentinel, Spotter, Watch
Generic synonyms: Security Guard, Watcher, Watchman
Derivative terms: Look Out, Spot, Watch

Definition of Sentry

1. n. A soldier placed on guard; a sentinel.

Definition of Sentry

1. Noun. A guard, particularly on duty at the entrance to a military base. ¹

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Definition of Sentry

1. one who stands guard [n -TRIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sentry

sentinel gland
sentinel loop sign
sentinel pile
sentinel spinous process fracture
sentinel surveillance
sentinel tag
sentry (current term)
sentry box
sentry duty
sentry go
senza sordini
senza sordino

Literary usage of Sentry

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

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1863)
"As my spirit made its entry On the shore beyond the sentry, Of the sentry standing ever Gaunt and grim beside the river, At the bridge that passes over, ..."

2. Technique of Modern Tactics: A Study of Troop Leading Methods in the by Paul Stanley Bond, Michael Joseph McDonough (1916)
"Better results are usually obtained by concentrating the patrols in a few of the larger bodies, instead of attaching extra men to sentry squads and cossack ..."

3. History of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770: Consisting of the Narrative by Frederic Kidder, John Adams (1870)
"Then I passed down King street, and saw the sentry at the Custom-house with his bayonet charged, 'dodging it about as if pushing at the boys, who seemed to ..."

4. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"For the wine was old and the night is cold, An' the best we may go wrong, So, 'fore 'e gits to the sentry-box, You pass the word along. ..."

5. A Military Dictionary: Or, Explaination of the Several Systems of Discipline by William Duane (1810)
"They are not to suiter any light to remain, or any fire to be made near their posts in the night-time ; neither is any sentry to be relieved, ..."

6. Representative One-act Plays by British and Irish Authors by Clark, Barrett Harper, 1890- (1921)
"FIRST sentry. It is like to thunder or the fall of a dynasty. ... FIRST sentry. He rows in his golden barge with ambassadors or whispers with captains ..."

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