(Watchet) a. [Probably from F. vaciet bilberry, whortleberry; cf. L. vaccinium blueberry, whortleberry.]
Pale or light blue. [Obs.] "Watchet mantles." Spenser.
Who stares in Germany at watchet eyes?Dryden.
(Watch"ful) a. Full of watch; vigilant; attentive; careful to observe closely; observant; cautious;
with of before the thing to be regulated or guarded; as, to be watchful of one's behavior; and with against
before the thing to be avoided; as, to be watchful against the growth of vicious habits. "Many a watchful
night." Shak. "Happy watchful shepherds." Milton.
'Twixt prayer and watchful love his heart dividing.Keble.
Syn. Vigilant; attentive; cautious; observant; circumspect; wakeful; heedful.
Watch"ful*ly, adv. Watch"ful*ness, n.
(Watch"house`) n.; pl. Watchhouses
1. A house in which a watch or guard is placed.
2. A place where persons under temporary arrest by the police of a city are kept; a police station; a lockup.
(Watch"mak`er) n. One whose occupation is to make and repair watches.
(Watch"man) n.; pl. Watchmen
1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel.
2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night.
Watchman beetle (Zoöl.), the European dor. Watchman's clock, a watchman's detector in which
the apparatus for recording the times of visiting several stations is contained within a single clock.
Watchman's detector, or Watchman's time detector, an apparatus for recording the time when a
watchman visits a station on his rounds. Watchman's rattle, an instrument having at the end of a
handle a revolving arm, which, by the action of a strong spring upon cogs, produces, when in motion, a
loud, harsh, rattling sound.
(Watch"tow`er) n. A tower in which a sentinel is placed to watch for enemies, the approach
of danger, or the like.
1. A word given to sentinels, and to such as have occasion to visit the guards, used as a signal by which
a friend is known from an enemy, or a person who has a right to pass the watch from one who has
not; a countersign; a password.
2. A sentiment or motto; esp., one used as a rallying cry or a signal for action.
Nor deal in watchwords overmuch.Tennyson.
(Wa"ter) n. [AS. wæter; akin to OS. watar, OFries. wetir, weter, LG. & D. water, G. wasser,
OHG. wazzar, Icel. vatn, Sw. vatten, Dan. vand, Goth. wato, O. Slav. & Russ. voda, Gr. 'y`dwr,
Skr. udan water, ud to wet, and perhaps to L. unda wave. &radic137. Cf. Dropsy, Hydra, Otter,
1. The fluid which descends from the clouds in rain, and which forms rivers, lakes, seas, etc. "We will
drink water." Shak. "Powers of fire, air, water, and earth." Milton.