watch and ward
noun Date: 14th century 1. continuous unbroken vigilance and guard 2. service as a watchman or sentinel required from a feudal tenant

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  • Watch and ward — Watch Watch (w[o^]ch), n. [OE. wacche, AS. w[ae]cce, fr. wacian to wake; akin to D. wacht, waak, G. wacht, wache. [root]134. See {Wake}, v. i. ] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful, vigilant, or constantly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • watch and ward — watch′ and ward′ n. a continuous watch or vigil • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • watch and ward — the act of watching as a sentinel: now chiefly in the titles of societies self appointed as guardians of a community s morals …   English World dictionary

  • Watch and Ward — Infobox Book | name = Watch and Ward image caption = Cover of 1979 Grove Press edition of Watch and Ward author = Henry James country = United States language = English genre = Novel publisher = Houghton, Osgood and Company, Boston release date …   Wikipedia

  • watch and ward — noun or watching and warding Etymology: Middle English wacche and warde 1. : the act of keeping guard : continuous unbroken vigilance and guard a handful of men kept watch and ward against the Iroquois Francis Parkman 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • watch and ward — The duty of constables. Ward, guard, or custodia, as it was variously called, was a duty performed mainly in the daytime and looked chiefly to the apprehension of rioters and highway robbers. Watch was a duty which the constables performed only… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Watch and Ward — ♦ The duty, especially in boroughs, to arrange day (ward) and night (watch) for the apprehension of those who break the peace. (Sayles, George O. The King s Parliament of England, 146) …   Medieval glossary

  • watch and ward — a continuous watch or vigil, by or as by night and by day, esp. for the purpose of guarding. [1350 1400; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • watch and ward — constant wakefulness, constant awareness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Watch and Ward Society — New England Watch and Ward Society Motto Manu forti ( With a strong hand )[1] Formation 1879 …   Wikipedia

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