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night watch

a watch or guard kept during the night.
a person or the persons keeping such a watch.
Usually, night watches. the periods or divisions into which the night was divided in ancient times.
Origin of night watch
before 1000; Middle English; Old English
Related forms
night watching, noun

Night Watch, The

a painting (1642) by Rembrandt. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for night-watch
Historical Examples
  • So she determined upon the wake, the night-watch of Freya, as the child calls it.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Often in a night-watch did my thoughts recur to Julia Sumner.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • Rise, Jerry, you shall not keep a night-watch for a fortnight.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • He desired the night-watch, who were with him, to wait outside.

  • Since that night-watch at Pine Tree Ranch, he had been a different man.

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • The first record of these was made by McLean, when on night-watch on March 22.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • A voice in loud, commanding tones called to the night-watch.

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • He listened for the step of the policeman on night-watch, because he did not wish to be seen.

    The Lost Prince Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The night-watch and the singing is over; she must have heard him, but she gave no sign.

    The Poetry Of Robert Browning Stopford A. Brooke
  • She was sure no harm had chanced—the knight was sleeping, she fancied, after his night-watch.

    The Talisman Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for night-watch

night watch

a watch or guard kept at night, esp for security
the period of time the watch is kept
a person who keeps such a watch; night watchman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for night-watch

"guard kept during the night," late Old English; see night + watch (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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