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  1. overwatchnoun

    The supervision of one unit or vehicle by another while the supervised unit is firing or moving.

  2. overwatchverb

    To watch over.

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  1. Overwatch

    In modern warfare, overwatch is the state of one small unit or military vehicle supporting another unit, while they are executing fire and movement tactics. An overwatching, or supporting unit has taken a position where it can observe the terrain ahead, especially likely enemy positions. This allows it to provide effective covering fire for advancing friendly units. The term overwatch originates in U.S. military doctrine. An ideal overwatch position provides cover for the unit, and unobstructed lines of fire. It may be on a height of ground or at the top of a ridge, where a vehicle may be able to adopt a hull-down position. If the overwatching unit is in a position to fire over advancing friendly units, great care must be taken not to let fire fall short. The friendly units should be within tracer burnout. Overwatch can be performed by platoons during company fire and movement, by individual armoured fighting vehicles or infantry sections, in platoon fire and movement, or even by fireteams or individual soldiers, in the final stages of an assault. Overwatch tactics and firing at the short halt were especially important in armoured warfare before modern tank gun stabilizers were developed, since moving tanks were unlikely to hit any target. Even in modern tanks, however, it is much easier to spot enemies at a halt.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overwatch

    ō-vėr-wawch′, v.t. to watch excessively: to overcome with long want of rest.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overwatch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overwatch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of overwatch in a Sentence

  1. Pete Vlastelica:

    Electronic Sports League's pretty incredible that both Overwatch League and Call of Duty League will be the only city-based leagues still fortunate enough to operate in this current environment, i miss traditional sports, like we all do. At the same time I'm proud our leagues can compete online.

  2. Michael Logue:

    I stand up on overwatch and we start rolling forward. And 30 seconds later, I see a Marine in the open. I see a fireball. And then I see I, you know, start to feel explode, you know, start to hear the explosion because you always kind of feel it and see things first and then then you actually hear it, it was a pressure plate, IED with like hacksaw blades, and it shot the amount of explosives, had a piece of steel over top of it. So it creates a big shaped charge. And it just sliced right through the aluminum underbelly of this Amphibious Assault Vehicle hitting all the jet fuel, hitting all the 50,000 rounds of ammunition.

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