Definition of Watch
1. Noun. A small portable timepiece.
Specialized synonyms: Analog Watch, Digital Watch, Hunter, Hunting Watch, Pendulum Watch, Pocket Watch, Stem-winder, Wrist Watch, Wristwatch
Terms within: Crystal, Watch Crystal, Watch Glass, Face, Movement, Watch Case
Generic synonyms: Horologe, Timekeeper, Timepiece
Derivative terms: Tick
2. Verb. Look attentively. "Watch a basketball game"
Derivative terms: Watcher
3. Noun. A period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty.
Specialized synonyms: Dogwatch, Graveyard Watch, Middle Watch, Midwatch, Night Watch
4. Verb. Follow with the eyes or the mind. "The children watch the ball"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"
Generic synonyms: Check, Check Into, Check Out, Check Over, Check Up On, Go Over, Look Into, Suss Out
Related verbs: Follow, Trace
Specialized synonyms: Keep Tabs On, Guard, Invigilate, Proctor
Derivative terms: Observation, Observation, Observation, Observation, Observer
5. Noun. A purposeful surveillance to guard or observe.
Generic synonyms: Surveillance
Specialized synonyms: Continuous Receiver Watch, Listening Watch, Spying
6. Verb. See or watch. "Sam and Sue watch the movie "; "See a movie"
Related verbs: See
Specialized synonyms: Visualise, Visualize, Spectate, Preview
Derivative terms: Seer, View, View, View, Viewable, Viewer
7. Noun. The period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty.
8. Verb. Observe with attention. "They watched as the murderer was executed"
Specialized synonyms: Sit Back, Sit By
Derivative terms: Watcher, Watching
9. Noun. A person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event.
Generic synonyms: Security Guard, Watcher, Watchman
Derivative terms: Look Out, Spot
10. Verb. Be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful. "The men watch for animals in the area"; "Watch out for pickpockets!"
Specialized synonyms: Beware, Mind, Keep One's Eyes Open, Keep One's Eyes Peeled, Keep One's Eyes Skinned, Look After
Derivative terms: Lookout, Lookout, Lookout, Lookout, Watcher
11. Noun. The rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival).
Generic synonyms: Religious Rite, Rite
Specialized synonyms: Viewing, Wake, Agrypnia
Category relationships: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
12. Verb. Observe or determine by looking. "Watch how the dog chases the cats away"
13. Verb. Find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort. "They watch whether there was a traffic accident"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
Related verbs: Ascertain, Assure, Check, Control, Ensure, Insure, See, See To It, Ascertain, Determine, Find, Find Out
Specialized synonyms: Test
Derivative terms: Ascertainable, Check, Determination
Definition of Watch
1. n. 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.
2. v. i. To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.
3. v. t. 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.
4. n. 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.
5. v. i. To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.
6. v. t. 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.
Definition of Watch
1. Noun. A portable or wearable timepiece. ¹
2. Noun. A particular time period when guarding is kept. ¹
3. Noun. A person or group of people who guard. ¹
4. Noun. (nautical) A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: ''starboard watch'', ''port watch''. ¹
5. Noun. (nautical) A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55–501). ¹
6. Noun. The act of seeing, or viewing, for a period of time. ¹
7. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To be awake. ¹
8. Verb. (transitive) To look at, see, or view for a period of time. ¹
9. Verb. (transitive) To observe over a period of time; to notice or pay attention. ¹
10. Verb. (transitive) To mind, attend, or guard. ¹
11. Verb. (transitive) To be wary or cautious of. ¹
12. Verb. (transitive) To attend to dangers to or regarding. ¹
13. Verb. (intransitive) To remain awake with a sick or dying person; to maintain a vigil ¹
14. Verb. (intransitive) To be vigilant or on one's guard ¹
15. Verb. (intransitive) To act as a lookout ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Watch
1. to observe carefully [v -ED, -ING, -ES]
Medical Definition of Watch
1. 1. 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. "Shepherds keeping watch by night." (Milton) "All the long night their mournful watch they keep." (Addison) Watch was formerly distinguished from ward, the former signifying a watching or guarding by night, and the latter a watching, guarding, or protecting by day Hence, they were not unfrequently used together, especially in the phrase to keep watch and ward, to denote continuous and uninterrupted vigilance or protection, or both watching and guarding. This distinction is now rarely recognised, watch being used to signify a watching or guarding both by night and by day, and ward, which is now rarely used, having simply the meaning of guard, or protection, without reference to time. "Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward." (Spenser) "Ward, guard, or custodia, is chiefly applied to the daytime, in order to apprehend rioters, and robbers on the highway . . . Watch, is properly applicable to the night only, . . . And it begins when ward ends, and ends when that begins." (Blackstone) 2. One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard. "Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch; go your way, make it as sure as ye can." (Matt. Xxvii. 65) 3. The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept. "He upbraids Iago, that he made him Brave me upon the watch." (Shak) 4. 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. "I did stand my watch upon the hill." (Shak) "Might we but hear . . . Or whistle from the lodge, or village cock Count the night watches to his feathery dames." (Milton) 5. A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring. Watches are often distinguished by the kind of escapement used, as an anchor watch, a lever watch, a chronometer watch, etc. (see the Note under Escapement, 3); also, by the kind of case, as a gold or silver watch, an open-faced watch, a hunting watch, or hunter, etc. 6. An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch. 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. Anchor watch, a small, handy purchase, consisting of a tailed double block, and a single block with a hook. Origin: OE. Wacche, AS. Waecce, fr. Wacian to wake; akin to D. Wacht, waak, G. Wacht, wache. See Wake. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)
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