1. a person who keeps watch over something or someone;
2. the person who plays that position on a football team;
- Example: "the left guard was injured on the play"
3. a device designed to prevent injury or accidents;
[syn: guard, safety, safety device]
4. a posture of defence in boxing or fencing;
- Example: "keep your guard up"
5. the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team;
6. a military unit serving to protect some place or person;
7. a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.;
- Example: "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"
- Example: "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"
- Example: "we let our guard down"
[syn: precaution, safeguard, guard]
8. the duty of serving as a sentry;
- Example: "he was on guard that night"
[syn: guard duty, guard, sentry duty, sentry go]
9. (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage;
- Example: "guards must be good blockers"
10. a position on a basketball team;
1. to keep watch over;
- Example: "there would be men guarding the horses"
2. watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect;
- Example: "guard my possessions while I'm away"
[syn: guard, ward]
3. protect against a challenge or attack;
- Example: "Hold that position behind the trees!"
- Example: "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
[syn: defend, guard, hold]
4. take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence;
- Example: "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"
- Example: "guard against infection"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Guard \Guard\ (g[aum]rd), v. i. To watch by way of caution or defense; to be cautious; to be in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful persons guard against mistakes. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Guard \Guard\, n. [OF. guarde, F. garde; of German origin; cf. OHG. wart, warto, one who watches, warta a watching, Goth. wardja watchman. See Guard, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack; defense; protection. [1913 Webster] His greatness was no guard to bar heaven's shaft. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a person or position; a watch; a sentinel. [1913 Webster] The guard which kept the door of the king's house. --Kings xiv. 27. [1913 Webster] 3. One who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a conductor. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] 4. Any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss; as: (a) That part of a sword hilt which protects the hand. (b) Ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a garment. (c) A chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person or dress. (d) A fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a vessel. (e) An extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull; esp., in side-wheel steam vessels, the framework of strong timbers, which curves out on each side beyond the paddle wheel, and protects it and the shaft against collision. (f) A plate of metal, beneath the stock, or the lock frame, of a gun or pistol, having a loop, called a bow, to protect the trigger. (g) (Bookbinding) An interleaved strip at the back, as in a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when filled. [1913 Webster] 5. A posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber exercise. [1913 Webster] 6. An expression or admission intended to secure against objections or censure. [1913 Webster] They have expressed themselves with as few guards and restrictions as I. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] 7. Watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard. [1913 Webster] 8. (Zool.) The fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of the Belemnites. [1913 Webster] Note: Guard is often used adjectively or in combination; as, guard boat or guardboat; guardroom or guard room; guard duty. [1913 Webster] Advanced guard, Coast guard, etc. See under Advanced, Coast, etc. Grand guard (Mil.), one of the posts of the second line belonging to a system of advance posts of an army. --Mahan. Guard boat. (a) A boat appointed to row the rounds among ships of war in a harbor, to see that their officers keep a good lookout. (b) A boat used by harbor authorities to enforce the observance of quarantine regulations. Guard cells (Bot.), the bordering cells of stomates; they are crescent-shaped and contain chlorophyll. Guard chamber, a guardroom. Guard detail (Mil.), men from a company regiment etc., detailed for guard duty. Guard duty (Mil.), the duty of watching patrolling, etc., performed by a sentinel or sentinels. Guard lock (Engin.), a tide lock at the mouth of a dock or basin. Guard of honor (Mil.), a guard appointed to receive or to accompany eminent persons. Guard rail (Railroads), a rail placed on the inside of a main rail, on bridges, at switches, etc., as a safeguard against derailment. Guard ship, a war vessel appointed to superintend the marine affairs in a harbor, and also, in the English service, to receive seamen till they can be distributed among their respective ships. Life guard (Mil.), a body of select troops attending the person of a prince or high officer. Off one's guard, in a careless state; inattentive; unsuspicious of danger. On guard, serving in the capacity of a guard; doing duty as a guard or sentinel; watching. On one's guard, in a watchful state; alert; vigilant. To mount guard (Mil.), to go on duty as a guard or sentinel. To run the guard, to pass the watch or sentinel without leave. Syn: Defense; shield; protection; safeguard; convoy; escort; care; attention; watch; heed. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Guard \Guard\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Guarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Gurding.] [OF. guarder, garder, warder, F. garder, fr. OHG. wart?n to be on the watch, await, G. marten. See Ward, v. & n., and cf. Guard, n.] 1. To protect from danger; to secure against surprise, attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend; to shelter; to shield from surprise or attack; to protect by attendance; to accompany for protection; to care for. [1913 Webster] For Heaven still guards the right. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like. [1913 Webster] 3. To protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc. The body of your discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and the guards are but slightly basted on neither. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To fasten by binding; to gird. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. Syn: To defend; protect; shield; keep; watch. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
1. In functional programming, a Boolean expression attached to a function definition specifying when (for what arguments) that definition is appropriate. 2. In (parallel) logic programming, a Boolean expression which is used to select a clause from several alternative matching clauses. See Guarded Horn Clauses. 3. In parallel languages, a Boolean expression which specifies when an message may be sent or received. (1995-05-09)Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Guard (1.) Heb. tabbah (properly a "cook," and in a secondary sense "executioner," because this office fell to the lot of the cook in Eastern countries), the bodyguard of the kings of Egypt (Gen. 37:36) and Babylon (2 Kings 25:8; Jer. 40:1; Dan. 2:14). (2.) Heb. rats, properly a "courier," one whose office was to run before the king's chariot (2 Sam. 15:1; 1 Kings 1:5). The couriers were also military guards (1 Sam. 22:17; 2 Kings 10:25). They were probably the same who under David were called Pelethites (1 Kings 14:27; 2 Sam. 15:1). (3.) Heb. mishmereth, one who watches (Neh. 4:22), or a watch-station (7:3; 12:9; Job 7:12). In the New Testament (Mark 6:27) the Authorized Version renders the Greek _spekulator_ by "executioner," earlier English versions by "hangman," the Revised Version by "soldier of his guard." The word properly means a "pikeman" or "halberdier," of whom the bodyguard of kings and princes was composed. In Matt. 27:65, 66; 28:11, the Authorized Version renders the Greek _kustodia_ by "watch," and the Revised Version by "guard," the Roman guard, which consisted of four soldiers, who were relieved every three hours (Acts 12:4). The "captain of the guard" mentioned Acts 28:16 was the commander of the Praetorian troops, whose duty it was to receive and take charge of all prisoners from the provinces.Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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