watchman

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n watchman a guard who keeps watch
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A small watchman's rattle A small watchman's rattle

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Watchman One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a sentinel.
    • Watchman Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of a city, by night.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n watchman A person set to keep watch; specifically, a sentinel; a guard; one who guards the streets of a city by night; also, one set to keep guard, as over a building in the night, to protect it from fire or thieves.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Watchman a man who watches or guards, esp. the streets of a city at night
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.”
  • Tallulah Bankhead
    Tallulah Bankhead
    “It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work -- the night watchman.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

I'm the night watchman.
"The Bobbsey Twins" by Laura Lee Hope
Many's the cup I gave to the old watchman before him, peace to his sowl, the kindly craythur!
"We and the World, Part II. (of II.)" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
There'd be a watchman, or a private cop, in the building on which Ray intended landing.
"Null-ABC" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
Then the watchman glanced at the tangle of string.
"The Bobbsey Twins at Home" by Laura Lee Hope
And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman called unto the porter, and said, Behold another man running alone.
"The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book" by Various
Grantline's exterior watchman making his rounds.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
The pirates caught this watchman before the fire was lit.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
The night watchman discovered their presence, and raising an alarm brought the police and other citizens to the premises.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
The bank was untenanted, as I knew it would be if Geddis should not be there, since we had never employed a night watchman.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
Mr. Dainton had given him leave to stay, and Joe, the watchman, would let him out when he was ready.
"Dick Lionheart" by Mary Rowles Jarvis
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In poetry:

And the Watchman he stood mourning,
Over Judah's seer that day;
As up on Bethlehem's hillside,
They wound their weary way.
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
With winged footsteps now I hasten
Unto the far cold North away,
Kasbek,--thou watchman of the East,
To thee, my farewell greetings say!
"To Kasbek" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
He has taen the watchman by the throat,
He flung him down upon the lead:
"Had there not been peace between our lands,
Upon the other side thou hadst gaed.
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
Then Tilghman mounted on these Plains of York
Swift sped away as speeds the homing hawk,
And soon 'twas his to wake that watchman's cry
That woke all Nations and shall never die!
"Arms And The Man - "The Marquis"" by James Barron Hope
"Ring the bell, watchman! ring! ring! ring!
Yes, yes! the good news is now on the wing;
Yes, yes! they come, and with tidings to tell —
Glorious and blessed tidings —
Ring, ring the bell!"
"Ring the Bell, Watchman!" by Henry Clay Work
His words heard a knight In the garden while roaming.
"Ah! watchman," he said,
"Is the daylight fast coming, And may I not see her,
And wilt thou not aid me?"
"Go wait in thy covert Lest the cock crow reveillie,
And the dawn should betray thee."
"Watchsong" by Anonymous European

In news:

Chickpea good fortune hazelnut watchman.
Wednesday was 14-year-old Jessica Watchman's first time on a plane.
Martin, 17 of Miami Springs, Fla. Was killed by a neighborhood watchman following an altercation in Sanford, Fla.
A university building watchman is helped after he was injured in one of several bomb attacks in Karbala on Saturday.
A watchman said no family members had visited the mausoleum in recent hours, and it remained locked.
Civic Stadium watchman Rob Ellis looks over debris after the outfield fence was torn down by Save Civic Stadium volunteers.
For one of her first competitions in the new cycle of "America's Next Top Model," former Pendleton resident Mariah Watchman , who grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, had to don the costume of an American icon.
Who watches the watchman .
A Zealous Watchman to Follow the Money.
Trayvon Martin's shooting by watchman questioned.
He calls himself the Watchman.
Florida neighborhood watchman is awaiting trial in fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The Florida teen was killed by a neighborhood watchman thought he looked suspicious, partly because he was wearing he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
Socio-biologist Rebecca Costa Addresses Global Gridlock in The Watchman's Rattle.
Palmetto Health Richland Practices Healthy Key Control with Morse Watchmans.
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In science:

To solve this problem, a testing in parts was always used, begetting the non-trivial problem of a reliability of the means which divide the equipment into parts during the test run; 2) «Who will test the watchman of watchmen?», i.e. the problem of the testing of the tester.
Easily testable logical networks based on a 'widened long flip-flop'
Given a polygon and a visibility range, the Myopic Watchman Problem with Discrete Vision (MWPDV) asks for a closed path P and a set of scan points S , such that (i) every point of the polygon is within visibility range of a scan point; and (ii) path length plus weighted sum of scan number along the tour is minimized.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
Keywords: Covering, Minimum Watchman Problem, problems, approximation algorithm, PTAS.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
These constraints give rise to the Myopic Watchman Problem with Discrete Vision (MWPDV), the sub ject of this paper.
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
Closely related to practical problems of searching with an autonomous robot is the classical theoretical problem of finding a shortest watchman tour; e.g., see [7, 8].
Minimum Covering with Travel Cost
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