1) v. i. - 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. - One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard.
3) v. i. - The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
4) v. i. - 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.
5) v. i. - A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring.
6) n. - An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.
7) n. - 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.
8) v. i. - To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.
9) v. i. - To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.
10) v. i. - To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity.
11) v. i. - 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.
12) v. i. - To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; -- said of a buoy.
13) 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.
14) v. t. - To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
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