a small portable timepiece
a period of time (4 or 2 hours) during which some of a ship's crew are on duty
a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
the period during which someone (especially a guard) is on duty
lookout, lookout man, sentinel, sentry, watch, spotter, scout, picket(noun)
a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
"watch a basketball game"
watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye on(verb)
follow with the eyes or the mind
"Keep an eye on the baby, please!"; "The world is watching Sarajevo"; "She followed the men with the binoculars"
watch, view, see, catch, take in(verb)
see or watch
"view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"
watch, look on(verb)
observe with attention
"They watched as the murderer was executed"
watch, look out, watch out(verb)
be vigilant, be on the lookout or be careful
"Watch out for pickpockets!"
observe or determine by looking
"Watch how the dog chases the cats away"
determine, check, find out, see, ascertain, watch, learn(verb)
find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort
"I want to see whether she speaks French"; "See whether it works"; "find out if he speaks Russian"; "Check whether the train leaves on time"
A portable or wearable timepiece.
More people today carry a watch on their wrists than in their pockets.
A particular time period when guarding is kept.
The second watch of the night began at midnight.
A person or group of people who guard.
The watch stopped the travelers at the city gates.
A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.
A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55501).
The act of seeing, or viewing, for a period of time.
To be awake.
To look at, see, or view for a period of time.
To observe over a period of time; to notice or pay attention.
To mind, attend, or guard.
To be wary or cautious of.
You should watch that guy. He has a reputation for lying.
To attend to dangers to or regarding.
To remain awake with a sick or dying person; to maintain a vigil
To be vigilant or on one's guard
For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away.
To act as a lookout
Plural form of watchman.
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
one who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard
the post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept
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
a small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring
an allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch
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
to be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil
to be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel
to be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity
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
to serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; -- said of a buoy
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
to tend; to guard; to have in keeping
Origin: [OE. wacche, AS. wcce, fr. wacian to wake; akin to D. wacht, waak, G. wacht, wache. 134. See Wake, v. i. ]
A watch is a timepiece, typically worn either around the wrist or attached on a chain and carried in a pocket. Wristwatches are the most common type of watch used today. Watches evolved in the 17th century from spring powered clocks, which appeared in the 15th century. The first watches were strictly mechanical. As technology progressed, the mechanisms used to measure time have, in some cases, been replaced by use of quartz vibrations or electronic pulses. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970. Before wristwatches became popular in the 1920s, most watches were pocket watches, which often had covers and were carried in a pocket and attached to a watch chain or watch fob. In the early 1900s, the wristwatch, originally called a Wristlet, was reserved for women and considered more of a passing fad than a serious timepiece. Men, who carried pocket watches, were quoted as saying they would "sooner wear a skirt as wear a wristwatch". This changed in World War I, when soldiers on the battlefield found pocket watches to be impractical and attached their watches to their wrist by a cupped leather strap. It is also believed that Girard-Perregaux equipped the German Imperial Navy with wristwatches in a similar fashion as early as the 1880s, to be used while synchronizing naval attacks and firing artillery.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
woch, n. act of looking out: close observation: guard: one who watches or those who watch: a sentry: a pocket timepiece: the place where a guard is kept: a division of the night: time of watching, esp. in a ship, a division of a ship's crew into two or three sections, so that one set of men may have charge of the vessel while the others rest. (The day and night are divided into watches of four hours each, except the period from 4 to 8 P.M., which is divided into two dog-watches of two hours' duration each).—v.i. to look with attention: to keep guard: to look out: to attend the sick by night: to inspect, keep guard over (with over).—v.t. to keep in view: to give heed to: to have in keeping: to guard: to wait for, detect by lying in wait: (Shak.) to keep from sleep.—ns. Watch′-bill, a list of the officers and crew of a ship, as divided into watches, with their several stations; Watch′-box, a sentry-box; Watch′case, the outer case of a watch: (Shak.) a sentry-box; Watch′-clock, a watchman's clock; Watch′-dog, a dog kept to guard premises and property; Watch′er, one who watches; Watch′-fire, a night-fire acting as a signal: a fire for the use of a watching-party, sentinels, scouts, &c.—adj. Watch′ful, careful to watch or observe: attentive: circumspect: cautious.—adv. Watch′fully.—ns. Watch′fulness; Watch′-glass, a sand-glass: the glass covering of the face of a watch; Watch′-guard, a watch-chain of any material; Watch′-gun, a gun fired at the changing of the watch, as on a ship; Watch′-house, a house in which a guard is placed: a lock-up, detaining office; Watch′-jew′el, a jewel used in the works of a watch for lessening friction; Watch′-key, a key for winding a watch; Watch′-light, a light used for watching or sitting up in the night; Watch′-māk′er, one who makes and repairs watches; Watch′-māk′ing; Watch′man, a man who watches or guards, esp. the streets of a city at night; Watch′-meet′ing, a religious meeting to welcome in the New Year, held on the night before, called the Watch′-night; Watch′-off′icer, the officer in charge of the ship during a watch, also called Officer of the watch; Watch′-pā′per, a round piece of paper, often decorated, put inside the outer case of a watch to prevent rubbing; Watch′-pock′et, a small pocket for holding a watch; Watch′-spring, the mainspring of a watch; Watch′-tow′er, a tower on which a sentinel is placed to watch or keep guard against the approach of an enemy; Watch′word, the password to be given to a watch or sentry: any signal: a maxim, rallying-cry.—Watch and ward, the old custom of watching by night and by day in towns and cities: uninterrupted vigilance.—The Black Watch, the 42d and 73d Regiments, now the 1st and 2d Battalions of the Black Watch or Royal Hig
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Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1935
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Written Corpus Frequency: #583
Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Nouns Frequency: #1343
Rank popularity for the word 'watch' in Verbs Frequency: #113
The numerical value of watch in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of watch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- horlosie, wagAfrikaans
- حارس, ساعة, رصد, شاهد, حرس, حذر, راقبArabic
- qol saatıAzerbaijani
- нару́чны гадзіннік, гадзіннік, глядзець, паглядзецьBelarusian
- часо́вник, гледам, наблюдавамBulgarian
- rellotge, guarda, guardià, mirarCatalan, Valencian
- hlídka, hodinky, dávat pozor, dívat se, sledovat, hlídatCzech
- oriadur, gwylio, edrychWelsh
- vagt, armbåndsur, holde øje med, vogte på, se, se efter, iagttageDanish
- Wache, Uhr, Armbanduhr, zusehen, beobachten, ansehen, überwachen, sehen, aufpassenGerman
- φρουρός, βάρδια, ρολόι, σκοπός, παρακολουθώ, προσέχωGreek
- brakhorloĝo, spektiEsperanto
- reloj, mirar, tener cuidado, observar, vigilarSpanish
- käekell, kell, vaatamaEstonian
- erloju, ordulariBasque
- ساعت, نگهبان, پاس, دیدهبان, نگاه کردن, تماشاکردن, پاییدن, نگاهکردنPersian
- vahti, kello, rannekello, vartio, taskukello, katsella, tarkkailla, vahtia, katsoa, olla varuillaanFinnish
- montre, garde, poste, regarder, faire attention, prendre garde, observer, surveiller, faire gaffeFrench
- uaireadóir, fairIrish
- uaireadair, faire, freiceadan, coimheadScottish Gaelic
- reloxo, mirar, vixiarGalician
- אשמורת, שָׁעוֹןHebrew
- घड़ी, देखनाHindi
- óra, figyel, vigyáz, nézHungarian
- ժամ, ժամացույց, դիտել, նայելArmenian
- jam tanganIndonesian
- horlojeto, regardarIdo
- sorveglianza, guardia, orologio, osservare, tenere d'occhio, vigilare, guardare, sorvegliareItalian
- 腕時計, 時計, 警戒, 懐中時計, 見る, 見張る, 観察, 見守るJapanese
- მაჯის საათი, ყურებაGeorgian
- នាឡិកាដៃ, មើលKhmer
- 시계, 時計, 관찰하다Korean
- demjimêr, کات ژمێر, saet, سهعات, تهمهشاکردن, تهماشاکردن, بینینKurdish
- horologium armillare, spectō, specio, aspicio, teneo, cōnspiciōLatin
- WuechtLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- laikrodis, žiūrėtiLithuanian
- pulkstenis, laikrādis, meklētLatvian
- കാവല് നില്ക്കുക, കാണുകMalayalam
- jam tanganMalay
- လက်ပတ်နာရီ, နာရီBurmese
- wacht, horloge, opletten, uitkijken, kijkenDutch
- vakt, klokke, ur, observere, passe på, se påNorwegian
- zegarek, wachta, straż, oglądać, obserwować, pilnowaćPolish
- relógio de bolso, vigia, guarda, relógio, relógio de pulso, ver, observar, vigiar, [[tomar]]/[[ter]] [[cuidado]], assistirPortuguese
- ceas, strajă, străjer, gardă, tură, urmări, veghea, avea grijă, păzi, priviRomanian
- ва́хта, дежу́рство, дозо́р, сто́рож, нару́чные часы́, часы́, стра́жа, карау́л, карау́льный, часово́й, смотреть, наблюдать, сторожить, бдеть, глядеть, следить, охранятьRussian
- dežurstvo, vreme, dežuranje, часовник, časovnik, čas, straža, гледати, gledatiSerbo-Croatian
- hodinky, dívať, pozerať, hľadať, sledovaťSlovak
- zapestna ura, ura, gledati, opazovatiSlovene
- orë dore, orë, shoh, shikojAlbanian
- vaktpatrull, armbandsur, vakt, klocka, vaktpass, betrakta, iaktta, vara försiktig, se på, observera, ta sig i aktSwedish
- చేతి గడియారం, కాపలాదారు, కాపు ఉండుTelugu
- นาฬิกา, ชมThai
- bekçi, kol saatı, nöbetçi, gözlemlemek, göz kulak olmak, seyretmek, izlemek, dikkat etmek, bakmak, gözetmekTurkish
- нару́чний годи́нник, годи́нник, дивитисяUkrainian
- đồng hồ đeo tay, đồng hồ, cái đồng hồ, xemVietnamese
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