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watch fire

noun

  1. a fire maintained during the night as a signal and for providing light and warmth for guards.


watch fire

noun

  1. a fire kept burning at night as a signal or for warmth and light by a person keeping watch


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Word History and Origins

Origin of watch fire1

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Example Sentences

Napoleon's watch-fire was kindled behind the old guard, between Reudnitz and Crottendorf.

Camp Karonya was improving the moonlight night by sitting around a watch-fire, singing and telling stories.

Plater, benumbed with cold (it is himself who gives us the account), had drawn off his boots to warm his feet at the watch-fire.

It is a watch–fire, and our foes are waking up to warm themselves and to keep their watch.

Far away a red point rose and fell in the darkness—a watch-fire of the enemy upon the further shore.

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