Watchman's rattle
Watchman Watch"man, n.; pl. {Watchmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night. [1913 Webster]

{Watchman beetle} (Zo["o]l.), the European dor.

{Watchman's clock}, a watchman's detector in which the apparatus for recording the times of visiting several stations is contained within a single clock.

{Watchman's detector}, or {Watchman's time detector}, an apparatus for recording the time when a watchman visits a station on his rounds.

{Watchman's rattle}, an instrument having at the end of a handle a revolving arm, which, by the action of a strong spring upon cogs, produces, when in motion, a loud, harsh, rattling sound. [1913 Webster]


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  • Watchman's clock — Watchman Watch man, n.; pl. {Watchmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night. [1913 Webster] {Watchman… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Watchman's detector — Watchman Watch man, n.; pl. {Watchmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night. [1913 Webster] {Watchman… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Watchman's time detector — Watchman Watch man, n.; pl. {Watchmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night. [1913 Webster] {Watchman… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Watchman — Watch man, n.; pl. {Watchmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night. [1913 Webster] {Watchman beetle} (Zo[ …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Watchman beetle — Watchman Watch man, n.; pl. {Watchmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night. [1913 Webster] {Watchman… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To spring a rattle — Spring Spring (spr[i^]ng), v. t. 1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Watchmen — Watchman Watch man, n.; pl. {Watchmen}. [1913 Webster] 1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night. [1913 Webster] {Watchman… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spring — (spr[i^]ng), v. t. 1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a surprise on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To spring a butt — Spring Spring (spr[i^]ng), v. t. 1. To cause to spring up; to start or rouse, as game; to cause to rise from the earth, or from a covert; as, to spring a pheasant. [1913 Webster] 2. To produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly; as, to spring a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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