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middle watch

noun, Nautical.
the watch from midnight until 4 a.m.
Also called graveyard watch, midwatch.
Origin of middle watch
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We got him aboard just before eight bells of the second dog-watch, and it was eight bells of the middle watch afore he spoke.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • The middle watch was mustered duly at midnight, and the former one retired.

    Grace Darling Eva Hope
  • It is only to request that I may not keep the middle watch to-night.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • One night we had the middle watch, and were together on the look-out forward.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • Rayner had just come on deck to relieve Oliver, who had the middle watch.

  • It came at length, towards the end of the middle watch, and as before, astern.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • We hope at about six bells in the middle watch on the first convenient night to pay a surprise visit to the Cavarale.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • He had written two letters in the middle watch, one to the Company and the other to me.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Single pieces of ice were seen during the middle watch, but after that there was none within sight.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • All hands were roused up in the middle watch to reef topsails.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for middle watch

middle watch

(nautical) the watch between midnight and 4 am
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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