What does guard mean?

Definitions for guard

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word guard.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. guardnoun

    a person who keeps watch over something or someone

  2. guardnoun

    the person who plays that position on a football team

    "the left guard was injured on the play"

  3. guard, safety, safety devicenoun

    a device designed to prevent injury or accidents

  4. guardnoun

    a posture of defence in boxing or fencing

    "keep your guard up"

  5. guardnoun

    the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team

  6. guardnoun

    a military unit serving to protect some place or person

  7. precaution, safeguard, guardnoun

    a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.

    "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; "we let our guard down"

  8. guard duty, guard, sentry duty, sentry gonoun

    the duty of serving as a sentry

    "he was on guard that night"

  9. guardnoun

    (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage

    "guards must be good blockers"

  10. guardverb

    a position on a basketball team

  11. guardverb

    to keep watch over

    "there would be men guarding the horses"

  12. guard, wardverb

    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect

    "guard my possessions while I'm away"

  13. defend, guard, holdverb

    protect against a challenge or attack

    "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

  14. guardverb

    take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence

    "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"


  1. guardnoun

    A person who, or thing that, protects or watches over something.

  2. guardnoun

    A squad responsible for protecting something.

    The president inspected the guard of honour.

  3. guardnoun

    A part of a machine which blocks access to dangerous parts.

    The motorcycle mechanic removed the damaged chain guard.

  4. guardnoun

    A panel of a car that encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.

  5. guardnoun

    A relatively short player, playing farther from the basket than a forward or center.

  6. guardnoun

    The position on the popping crease where a batsman makes a mark to align himself with the wicket; see take guard.

  7. guardnoun

    Either of two offensive positions between the center and each of the offensive tackles, whose main responsibilities are to protect the quarterback, and open up "holes" through which offensive players can run.

  8. guardnoun

    A player playing a position named guard.

  9. guardnoun

    An employee, normally travelling in the last vehicle of a train, responsible for the safety of the train.

  10. guardverb

    To protect from some offence (specific or abstract.)

  11. Etymology: For verb: From guarder, of origin, from *wardōn (from Proto-Germanic *wardo-), cognate with weardian (from which English to ward). Compare French garde.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Guardnoun

    Etymology: garde, French; ward, Teutonick.

    The guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard-chamber. 1 Kings xiv. 28.

    Up into heav’n, from paradise, in haste
    Th’ angelick guards ascended, mute, and sad,
    For man. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    With lifted hands, and gazing eyes,
    His guards behold him soaring through the skies. Dryden.

    Others are cooped in close by the strict guards of those whose interest it is to keep them ignorant. John Locke.

    He must be trusted to his own conduct, since there cannot always be a guard upon him, except what you put into his own mind by good principles. John Locke.

    They, usurping arbitrary power, had their guards and spies, after the practice of tyrants. Jonathan Swift.

    The great alteration which he made in the state ecclesiastical, caused him to stand upon his guard at home. Davies.

    Temerity puts a man off his guard. Roger L'Estrange.

    It is wisdom to keep ourselves upon a guard. Roger L'Estrange.

    Now he stood collected and prepar’d;
    For malice and revenge had put him on his guard. Dryden.

    Men are always upon their guard against an appearance of design. George Smalridge, Sermons.

    They have expressed themselves with as few guards and restrictions as I. Francis Atterbury.

  2. To GUARDverb

    Etymology: garder, French, from our word ward, the w being changed by the French into g; as Galles for Wales.

    Naked the graces guarded you from all
    Dangers abroad, and now your thunder shall. Edmund Waller.

    Your pow’r you never use, but for defence,
    To guard your own or others innocence. Dryden.

    Fix’d on defence, the Trojans are not slow
    To guard their shore from an expected foe. Dryden.

    The port of Genoa is very ill guarded against the storms. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    One would take care to guard one’s self against this particular imperfection, because it is that which our nature very strongly inclines us to. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    has guarded every circumstance with as much caution as if he had been aware of the objection. Notes on Odyssey.

    Give him a livery
    More guarded than his fellows. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    See a fellow
    In a long motley, guarded with yellow. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

  3. To Guardverb

    To be in a state of caution or defence.

    There are other nice cases, in which a man must guard, if he intends to keep fair with the world, and turn the penny. Jeremy Collier, on Popularity.

    To guard against such mistakes, it is necessary to acquaint ourselves a little with words. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. guard

    A guard is an individual or a device that protects, defends, and ensures the safety and security of people, property, or systems. Guards can be found in various fields such as security (security guards), sports (offensive/defensive guards), and technology (system guards or safety guards). In a broader sense, it's a role or a feature that stops harm or damage from occurring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guardnoun

    to protect from danger; to secure against surprise, attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend; to shelter; to shield from surprise or attack; to protect by attendance; to accompany for protection; to care for

  2. Guardnoun

    to keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like

  3. Guardnoun

    to protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc

  4. Guardnoun

    to fasten by binding; to gird

  5. Guardverb

    to watch by way of caution or defense; to be caution; to be in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful persons guard against mistakes

  6. Guardverb

    one who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack; defense; protection

  7. Guardverb

    a man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a person or position; a watch; a sentinel

  8. Guardverb

    one who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a conductor

  9. Guardverb

    any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss

  10. Guardverb

    that part of a sword hilt which protects the hand

  11. Guardverb

    ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a garment

  12. Guardverb

    a chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person or dress

  13. Guardverb

    a fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a vessel

  14. Guardverb

    an extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull; esp., in side-wheel steam vessels, the framework of strong timbers, which curves out on each side beyond the paddle wheel, and protects it and the shaft against collision

  15. Guardverb

    a plate of metal, beneath the stock, or the lock frame, of a gun or pistol, having a loop, called a bow, to protect the trigger

  16. Guardverb

    an interleaved strip at the back, as in a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when filled

  17. Guardverb

    a posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber exercise

  18. Guardverb

    an expression or admission intended to secure against objections or censure

  19. Guardverb

    watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard

  20. Guardverb

    the fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of the Belemnites


  1. Guard

    In American and Canadian football, a guard is a player who lines up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line of a football team. The guard's job is to protect the quarterback from the incoming defensive line and linebackers during pass plays, as well as creating openings for the running backs to head through. Guards perform speed blocking and "pulling"—sprinting out in front of a running back in order to block for him. Guards are automatically considered ineligible receivers, so they cannot intentionally touch a forward pass, unless it is to recover a fumble or is first touched by a defender or eligible receiver. Right guards is the term for the guards on the right of the offensive line, while left guards are on the left side. Guards are to the right or left of the center.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Guard

    gärd, v.t. to ward, watch, or take care of: to protect from danger or attack: to protect the edge of, as by an ornamental border.—v.i. to watch: to be wary.—n. that which guards from danger: a man or body of men stationed to protect: one who has charge of a coach or railway-train: state of caution: posture of defence: part of the hilt of a sword: a watch-chain: (pl.) troops attached to the person of a sovereign: (cricket) the pads which protect the legs from swift balls.—adj. Guard′able.—n. Guard′age (Shak.), wardship.—adjs. Guard′ant (her.), having the face turned towards the beholder; Guard′ed, wary: cautious: uttered with caution.—adv. Guard′edly.—ns. Guard′edness; Guard′house, Guard′room, a house or room for the accommodation of a guard of soldiers, where defaulters are confined; Guard′ian, one who guards or takes care of: (law) one who has the care of an orphan minor.—adj. protecting.—n. Guard′ianship.—adj. Guard′less, without a guard: defenceless.—ns. Guard′ship, a ship of war that superintends marine affairs in a harbour and protects it: (Swift) guardianship; Guards′man, a soldier of the guards.—Guardian angel, an angel supposed to watch over a particular person: a person specially devoted to the interests of another.—Mount guard, to go on guard-duty; On, or Off, one's guard, on the watch, or the opposite; Run the guard, to get past a guard or sentinel without detection. [O. Fr. garder—Old High Ger. warten; A.S. weardian, Eng. ward.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. guard

    1. A form of security operation whose primary task is to protect the main force by fighting to gain time while also observing and reporting information, and to prevent enemy ground observation of and direct fire against the main body by reconnoitering, attacking, defending, and delaying. A guard force normally operates within the range of the main body

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. guard

    The duty performed by a body of men stationed to watch and protect any post against surprise. A division of marines appointed to take the duty for a stated portion of time. "Guard, turn out!" the order to the marines on the captain's approaching the ship. Also, the bow of a trigger and the hilt of a sword.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. guard

    A body of men whose duty it is to secure an army or place from being surprised by an enemy. In garrison the guards are relieved every day. On guard is being engaged on guard duty.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GUARD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Guard is ranked #17472 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Guard surname appeared 1,613 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Guard.

    86.6% or 1,398 total occurrences were White.
    5.2% or 85 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 44 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.6% or 42 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guard' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3848

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guard' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4509

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guard' in Nouns Frequency: #1128

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guard' in Verbs Frequency: #896

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of guard in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of guard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of guard in a Sentence

  1. Leah Greenbaum:

    As a mother, you’re constantly on guard, you don’t sleep, we have a video intercom to watch her, but there’s no warning when she’s going to seizure.

  2. Mark Twain:

    Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.

  3. Marcus Aurelius:

    The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

  4. Tod Goodyear:

    People shouldn't let their guard down yet. It always can change its track, the problem you sometimes come into is the complacency for the next one.

  5. Hope Hicks:

    Recent decisions handed down by [the Coast Guard’s administrative court] on sexual misconduct cases, such as those highlighted in the recent CNN story, are extremely troubling, and I don’t have a lot of confidence the court would do the right thing in my case either.

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Translations for guard

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  • حرس, حارسArabic
  • qorumaqAzerbaijani
  • guarda, escortaCatalan, Valencian
  • a'adahiChamorro
  • stráž, střežitCzech
  • vagt, livvagt, afskærmning, skærm, holde vagt, bevogteDanish
  • Wächter, Schutz, schützenGerman
  • φύλακας, φρουρός, φρουρά, προστασία, σκοπός, προφύλαξη, αμυντικός, φρουρώGreek
  • gardiEsperanto
  • guarda, guardia, bloque, vanguardia, tapador, protector, custodiar, guardar, vigilarSpanish
  • پاسبان, گاردPersian
  • puolustaja, suojus, vartio, vartija, turvata, vahtia, varoa, vartioida, suojata, puolustaa, [[olla]] [[varuillaan]], reunustaa, sitoaFinnish
  • garde, gardien, arrière, protection, défense, garderFrench
  • gardaIrish
  • geàrd, freiceadanScottish Gaelic
  • מִשְׁמָר, שׁוֹמֵר, שָׁמַרHebrew
  • őrHungarian
  • պահակ, պահապանArmenian
  • penjagaIndonesian
  • vörðurIcelandic
  • guardia, custodire, proteggereItalian
  • שומרHebrew
  • 監視者, 衛兵, ガード, 守るJapanese
  • 가드Korean
  • custodio, teneo, defendo, praesidiumLatin
  • sargs, sardze, sargātLatvian
  • vaktNorwegian
  • lijfwacht, wacht, bewaker, bewakenDutch
  • vaktNorwegian Nynorsk
  • haʼasídíNavajo, Navaho
  • strażnik, chronićPolish
  • guarda, proteger, guardar, defenderPortuguese
  • pază, apărare, apăratoare, paznic, gardian, păzitor, gardă, protecție, feri, păzi, protejaRomanian
  • стражник, страж, стража, охрана, конвоир, кожух, предохранитель, часовой, караульный, охранник, сторож, охранять, сторожить, беречь, караулитьRussian
  • čuvar, stražarSerbo-Croatian
  • branilec, stražar, stražaSlovene
  • vakt, vakta, bevakaSwedish
  • walinzi, askari, mlinziSwahili
  • guwardiya, guwardiyahanTagalog
  • охоро́нець, ва́рта, охоро́на, захисни́к, гва́рдіяUkrainian
  • היטןYiddish

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