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Watch, subst. 1) the state of being awake, forbearance of sleep: “fell into a sadness, then into a fast, thence to a w.” Hml. II, 2, 148. “to lie in w. there and to think on him,” Cymb. III, 4, 43. cf. Rom. II, 3, 35. H5 IV, 1, 300.
2) vigilance, attention, close observation: “I shot his fellow . . . with more advised w.” Merch. I, 1, 142. “with catlike w., when that the sleeping man should stir,” As IV, 3, 116. “what w. the king keeps to maintain the peace,” H5 IV, 1, 300. “at all these wards I lie, at a thousand --es,” Troil. I, 2, 289. Troil. I, 2, 289 “care keeps his w. in every old man's eye,” Rom. II, 3, 35. “near approaches the subject of our w.” Mcb. III, 3, 8. “follow her close, give her good w.” Hml. IV, 5, 74.
Particularly guard kept for military purposes: “had your w. been good, this sudden mischief never could have fallen,” H6A II, 1, 58. “use careful w.” R3 V, 3, 54. “as I did stand my w. upon the hill,” Mcb. V, 5, 33. “the rivals of my w.” Hml. I, 1, 13. Hml. I, 1, 13 Hml. I, 1, 13 Hml. I, 1, 13 “on their w.” I, 2, 197. “kept the w.” I, 2, 197 “hold you the w. to-night,” I, 2, 197 Oth. II, 3, 159. Ant. IV, 3, 7 (have careful w.).
3) one or more persons set for a guard; watchman or watchmen, sentinel, guard: Ado III, 3, 6. Ado III, 3, 6 Ado III, 3, 6 Ado III, 3, 6 Ado III, 3, 6 Ado III, 3, 6 III, 5, 33. III, 5, 33 IV, 2, 36. IV, 2, 36 V, 1, 316. R2 V, 3, 9. H4A II, 4, 530. H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. H6A II, 1, 61. III, 2, 7. III, 2, 7 Rom. V, 3, 71. Rom. V, 3, 71 Rom. V, 3, 71 Rom. V, 3, 71 Caes. II, 2, 16. Hml. I, 1, 66. Hml. I, 1, 66 Oth. V, 1, 37. “to set the w.” Rom. III, 3, 148. Rom. III, 3, 148 Oth. II, 3, 125. With “over,” Hml. V, 1, 319. In H4A I, 2, 119 Qq and M. Edd. match.
4) the place where a guard is kept: “we must to the w.” Oth. II, 3, 12. Oth. II, 3, 12 “brave me upon the w.” V, 2, 326 (but in all these passages it may as well signify the office of a guard).
5) a period of the night (originally perhaps the time from one relief of sentinels to another), or the time of night as forming part of the day: “at this oddeven and dull w. o'the night,” Oth. I, 1, 124. “snores out the w. of night,” H4B IV, 5, 28.
6) any thing by which the progress of time is perceived and measured; a) a candle marked out into sections, each of which was a certain portion of time in burning: “give me a w.” R3 V, 3, 63.
b) any thing regularly repeated within a certain period: (Time), “base w. of woes,” Lucr. 928 (divided and marked only by woes). “withered murder, alarumed by his sentinel, the wolf, whose howl's his w.” Mcb. II, 1, 54 (similar, in this respect, to the crowing of the cock).
c) the marks of the minutes on a dial-plate: “my thoughts are minutes, and with sighs they jar their --es on unto mine eyes, the outward w.” R2 V, 5, 52. cf. the verb in Hml. I, 1, 27, and watchful in John IV, 1, 46.
d) a time-piece, a clock as well as one carried in the pocket: “my heart doth charge the w.” Pilgr. 194. “he's winding up the w. of his wit; by and by it will strike,” Tp. II, 1, 12. “never going a right, being a w.” LLL III, 194 (v. 192 a German clock). “wind up my w.” Tw. II, 5, 66. “since when, my w. hath told me, toward my grave I have travelled but two hours,” V, 165. “mine eyes, the outward w.” R2 V, 5, 52.
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