sentry

Definitions

  • The sentry at Herculaneum stays at his post
    The sentry at Herculaneum stays at his post
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sentry a person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Jamestown sentry on duty shouldering his heavy matchlock musket. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A Jamestown sentry on duty shouldering his heavy matchlock musket. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Extract from Sentries' Orders Extract from Sentries' Orders

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sentry (Mil) A soldier placed on guard; a sentinel.
    • Sentry Guard; watch, as by a sentinel. "Here toils, and death, and death's half-brother, sleep,
      Forms terrible to view, their sentry keep."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sentry A place of watch; a watch-tower.
    • n sentry Watch; guard: same as sentinel, 1.
    • n sentry One stationed as a guard: same as sentinel, 2.
    • sentry Acting as a sentry; watching.
    • n sentry Same as centry, center.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sentry sen′tri a sentinel: a soldier on guard to observe the approach of danger: a watch-tower
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably from OF. senteret, a little patch; cf. F. sentier, path, and OF. sente,. See Sentinel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a corr. of sentinel—Low L. semitarius—L. semita, a path.

Usage

In literature:

Two sentries were posted at either side of the entrance.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Sentries paced about with arms in readiness.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
But Morton glanced uneasily at a sentry who followed close and was hovering suspiciously about.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
All this time sentries marched up and down and if one of us moved he got a jab with the butt end of the gun.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
The warning-piece, after the firing of which the sentries challenge.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Sentries from the militia and special officers were patrolling the streets.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
On all the roads leading to town sentries were stationed.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Remember your rights, and don't surrender to a mere challenge from a sentry.
"The Boy Scout Automobilists" by Robert Maitland
He's been imploring the master-at-arms and the sentry on the cells to ask the skipper to shift him above the water-line.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Having twice visited the sentries Wilmshurst returned to the bivouac to snatch a few hours' sleep.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
The power-house had been carefully reconnoitred, and the times and habits of the men and of the sentries carefully noted.
"Two Daring Young Patriots" by W. P. Shervill
Sentries Challenging.= In challenging sentries must be careful to avoid any noise that would disclose their position.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
After several minutes he peeped out; the sentry and they had disappeared.
"Where the Souls of Men are Calling" by Credo Harris
In an instant he raised one of his pistols and pointed it at the head of the astonished sentry.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
On turning a corner I saw the village bridge and on it a sentry box.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
But no personage in the United States may attempt to go by a sentry without the sentry's permission.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
This is the worst bit; but they could do it, I feel sure, if our sentries were lax.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
Even the vigilance of the sentries could not prevent this, or rather they cared not to exercise it.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Getting down low they peered through the starlight and spotted the sentries.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
This lack of trust was justified as Aron crawled and inched his way through the last circle of sentries.
"For Every Man A Reason" by Patrick Wilkins
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In poetry:

A pearl-foam at his feet
The waters leap and fall;
The sentry treads his beat
Upon the sun-girt wall.
"Alcatraz" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
This tiniest of portals
Lies hid as violets hide,
Two blue-bells stand as sentries,
They guard it on either side.
"The Message Of The Bee" by Alexander Anderson
"When Silent Lands, that no one heeds
But sentries of the van,
Displayed their good or evil deeds
Before the eyes of man:
"Evensong" by Bernard O Dowd
And as the moon surmounts the trees,
They gain the sentried door,
And faintly to Fitzgibbon she
Unfolds her tale once more.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
For truth's worst foe is he who claims
To act as God's avenger,
And deems, beyond his sentry-beat,
The crystal walls in danger!
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For some we lost in the skirmish,
And some were killed in the fight,
But he was captured by fever,
In the sentry pit, at night.
"Camp Follower's Song, Gomal River" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Prime Inc starts deploying StarTrak's Sentry system.
Save $180 (67%) Bushnell 5MP Sentry Trail Digital Camera.
TimeSight Systems and Sentry 360 announce alliance.
'The Sentry ' by Robert Crais.
Novelist Robert Crais' "The Sentry " showcases his character Joe Pike, an ultracool strongman whose weak spot for a young woman causes complications.
Sentry Self Storage Awarded Management Contract for United Stor All in Florida.
Videotron to install Tek's Sentry system.
0 Det Norske Veritas Certification Inc has awarded ISO certification to Sentry Equipment Corp.
The Sentry store on Highway.
BKT Enterprises here, an operator of three area Sentry stores, has purchased two Jewel-Osco stores from Supervalu, and will reopen them under the Sentry banner this spring, reports said.
CBS News Sentry Assumes Post.
Toy company donates new sentry 'knight' to western Pa. Toy store where other was stolen.
Tire Sentry manufactures and distributes advanced tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), with several Truck, Bus and RV models marketed to the transportation industries.
A pair of teddy bears stand sentry over his small body.
Drivers with SENTRI passes use special lanes and are searched less at the U.S.-Mexico border, making them drug cartel targets.
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