verb (used with object), guid·ed, guid·ing.
- guide center,
- guide dog,
- guide fossil,
- guide left,
- guide rail
Origin of guide
Examples from the Web for guideless
You, sweet dove, pure and guideless, you have taught me what I could not ascertain in twenty years' application.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
Two young converts to mountaineering set out from Val Masino for the pass, guideless, ropeless, axeless.Italian Alps|Douglas William Freshfield
The door closed behind him with a venomous snap and we were left alone in the street, guideless and dogless.Scally|Ian Hay
- a person, animal, or thing that guides
- (as modifier)a guide dog
- a mark, sign, etc, that points the way
- (in combination)guidepost
- navya ship in a formation used as a reference for manoeuvres, esp with relation to maintaining the correct formation and disposition
- militarya soldier stationed to one side of a column or line to regulate alignment, show the way, etc
Word Origin for guide
late 14c., "to lead, direct, conduct," from Old French guider "to guide, lead, conduct" (14c.), earlier guier, from Frankish *witan "show the way" or a similar Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *wit- "to know" (cf. German weisen "to show, point out," Old English witan "to see"), from PIE *weid- "to see" (see vision). The form of the French word influenced by Old Provençal guidar (n.) "guide, leader," or Italian guidare, both from the same source. Related: Guided; guiding.
mid-14c., "one who shows the way," from Old French guide, 14c. (alteration of earlier guie), verbal noun from guider (see guide (v.)). In book titles from 1610s; meaning "book of information on local sites" is from 1759. In 18c. France, a "for Dummies" or "Idiot's Guide to" book would have been a guid' âne, literally "guide-ass."