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.
- night watching, noun
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How to use night watch in a sentence
Since that night-watch at Pine Tree Ranch, he had been a different man.The Transformation of Job | Frederick Vining Fisher
The herald, as usual, constituted himself a night-watch, and perched upon the newly made mound.Red Hunters And the Animal People | Charles A. Eastman
Hildebrand has the watch on the tower—a heavy-headed knave, who holds a can of ale to be the best headpiece upon a night-watch.The Abbot | Sir Walter Scott
It was, however, a serious matter for us that we were deprived of our night-watch in districts where we had most need of them.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2) | Sven Hedin
The sailor, in his lonely night-watch, looks homeward, and well known voices come to him amidst the roar of the waves.Slavery | William E. Channing
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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