watcher

Definitions

  • The Lonely Watcher of the Coast
    The Lonely Watcher of the Coast
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n watcher a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind) "the spectators applauded the performance","television viewers","sky watchers discovered a new star"
    • n watcher a person who keeps a devotional vigil by a sick bed or by a dead body
    • n watcher a guard who keeps watch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Watcher One who watches; one who sits up or continues; a diligent observer; specifically, one who attends upon the sick during the night.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n watcher One who or that which watches. Specifically— One who sits up and continues awake; one who lies awake.
    • n watcher One who keeps awake for the purpose of guarding or attending upon something or some one; a nurse, watch man, sentry, or the like.
    • n watcher One who observes: as, a watcher of the time.
    • n watcher A spy; one sent to watch an enemy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Watcher one who watches
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “It's the admirer and the watcher who provoke us to all the inanities we commit.”
  • Peter M. Leschak
    Peter M. Leschak
    “All of us are watchers -- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway -- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæccewacan, wake.

Usage

In literature:

If the boatswain and the lads reached the deck, they would have those armed watchers to reckon with.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
A watcher, or temporary nurse, may supply her place.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
But this morning differed from the first morning, because now, for the first time, he was ready to do something about the watcher or watchers.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
He would have to dash out into the moonlight, and the wary watcher would see him and alarm the rest.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
The watchers strained ears and eyes, but nothing happened.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
Very briefly I told her of the shabby watcher, whereupon she sprang to her feet with a cry of mingled terror and surprise.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
And then she, too, disappeared out of the range of the watcher's vision.
"Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist" by John T. McIntyre
The watcher drew a sharp breath.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
The Dark Master raised his head as a clash of steel and the voice of the watcher came from the outer doorway.
"Nuala O'Malley" by H. Bedford-Jones
The Sergeant found a thousand eager watchers in the Square when he arrived.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
Floating on motionless wing, with bare necks craning hungrily, circled black watchers.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
As Claude had stood on the poop he was plainly visible to the watchers on the shore.
"Marguerite De Roberval" by T. G. Marquis
Miss Betsey Taylor and Miss Jenny Ann joined the crowd of anxious watchers on the houseboat deck.
"Madge Morton's Trust" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
The watchers were transfixed in terror.
"My Lady of the Chimney Corner" by Alexander Irvine
Once down in this he would be out of sight of a possible watcher at the spruce lookout.
"The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp" by Thornton W. Burgess
At intervals a woman came to the door, then at a sign from the watcher disappeared noiselessly.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
And Dusty Star was not the only watcher of the disobedient cub.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
From where I sat I could see the watchers on the craigs above the Hollan Isle, and those also over on the hill by the Folds.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
Suddenly the aged watcher heard a sound outside the window.
"The Banshee" by Elliot O'Donnell
Where is the watcher?
"Morituri: Three One-Act Plays" by Hermann Sudermann
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In poetry:

Oh, Helva, watcher of lone hours,
May God in mercy give thee aid!
Thy cheek is whiter than thy flowers --
Thy woman's heart betrayed!
"Helva" by Alice Cary
Like the first faint flush of morn,
To the watchers, aweary with night,—
Like treasures long hidden away,
Ye burst on my joyous sight.
"June Roses" by Sallie Williams Hardcastle
And never shall the watcher seek
His tender human loves again;
For marble-white, with singing lips,
The woodmaids glimmer through his brain.
"Half Moon" by Robin Hyde
The Watcher on the summit stands
With a blue goblet in his hands;
He slowly drinks the glimmering years,
The sparkling laughter and the tears.
"The Watcher" by Mary Webb
Some lonely watcher waits and weeps,
Like me, the step that comes not yet;—
Her watch for weary hours is set,
While far below the city sleeps.
"The Watch-Light" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Each window has its watcher wan
    To fit the autumn afternoon,
The dropping poplar leaves, the dream
    Of spring that faded all too soon.
"The Widow's House" by Sarah Orne Jewett

In news:

Vicki Verelli from Weight Watchers joined us with tips on how to swap out some traditional Thanksgiving recipes and drop in healthier options.
It won't come as a shock to seasoned oil watchers that Goldman Sachs remains bullish on oil.
Here's the news you've been waiting for, royal watchers.
Poll Watcher Caught On Video Expressing Suspicions About Black Voters.
How Southern cooks adapt favorite recipes for Weight Watchers.
Your Thanksgiving Weight Watchers cheat sheet.
Olympics-watchers have more options than ever for following the Games as they happen.
Market-watchers are citing optimism about a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of tax increases and government spending cuts.
It's been a good summer for boat watchers here in Duluth and Superior.
Numbers watchers at Bill Owens HQ in Plattsburgh.
Condo watchers concerned over lack of investor information.
Contentious election has lawsuit, federal watchers.
According to a joint announcement Friday from Weight Watchers and St Martin's, the new cookbook will offer new and old recipes and "fun facts" on Weight Watchers history.
That's her on the front of April's Brides and last fall's Weight Watchers.
Though Black Friday has traditionally been the day after Thanksgiving, a new trend that industry watchers label 'Black Friday creep ' has pushed the opening of the Christmas shopping season to Thanksgiving Day.
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In science:

By randomizing the ages of the users, that is, sw(AU)⋊⋉UM⋊⋉MG, the movies whose average age of watchers has originally been around 34 years are not significant.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
The results of a validation session can be mailed to the watchers specified in the configuration.
OVAL: the CMS Testing Robot
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