meetings lasting until after midnight. Watch paper, an old-fashioned ornament for the inside of a
watch case, made of paper cut in some fanciful design, as a vase with flowers, etc. Watch tackle
(Naut.), a small, handy purchase, consisting of a tailed double block, and a single block with a hook.
(Watch) v. i. [Cf. AS. wccan, wacian. &radic134. See Watch, n., Wake, v. i. ]
1. To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.
I have two nights watched with you.Shak.
Couldest thou not watch one hour ?Mark xiv. 37.
2. To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.
Take ye heed, watch and pray.Mark xiii. 33.
The Son gave signal highMilton.
To the bright minister that watched.
3. To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity.
My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning.Ps. cxxx. 6.
4. 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.
5. (Naut.) To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; said of a buoy.
To watch over, to be cautiously observant of; to inspect, superintend, and guard.
(Watch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Watched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Watching.]
1. 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.
Saul also sent messengers unto David's house to watch him, and to slay him.1 Sam. xix. 11
I must cool a little, and watch my opportunity.Landor.
In lazy mood I watched the little circles die.Longfellow.
2. To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
And flaming ministers, to watch and tendMilton.
Their earthy charge.
Paris watched the flocks in the groves of Ida.Broome.
(Watch"dog`) n. A dog kept to watch and guard premises or property, and to give notice of
the approach of intruders.
(Watch"er) n. One who watches; one who sits up or continues; a diligent observer; specifically,
one who attends upon the sick during the night.
(Watch"es) n. pl. (Bot.) The leaves of Saracenia flava. See Trumpets.