guard or middle guard [gärd]
[LME garde < the n.]
1. to keep safe from harm; watch over and protect; defend; shield
2. to watch over; specif.,
a) to keep from escape or trouble
b) to hold in check; control; restrain
c) Sports to keep (an opponent) from making a gain or scoring; also, to cover (a goal or area) in defensive play
d) to supervise entrances and exits through (a door, gate, etc.)
3. to cover (a piece of machinery) with a device to protect the operator
4. Archaic to escort
1. to keep watch; take precautions (against)
2. to act as a guard
[ME garde < OFr garder, to protect < Gmc * wardon (> Ger warten, to wait) < IE base * wer-, to heed > WARE2, L vereri, to fear]
1. the act or duty of guarding; careful watch; wariness; defense; protection
a) a posture of alert readiness for defense, as in boxing, fencing, etc.
b) the arms or weapon in such a posture
3. any device that protects against injury or loss; specif.,
a) the part of the handle of a sword, knife, or fork that protects the hand: see SWORD
b) a chain or cord attached to a watch, bracelet, etc. to protect against loss
c) a ring worn to keep a more valuable ring from slipping off the finger
d) a safety device, as in machinery
e) an article worn to protect a part of the body, as in a sport [a catcher's shin guards]
4. a person or group that guards; specif.,
a) a sentinel or sentry
b) a railway brakeman or gatekeeper
c) Brit. a railroad conductor
d) a person who guards prisoners
e) [pl.] a special unit of troops assigned to the British royal household
f) a military unit with a special ceremonial function [a color guard ]
5. Basketball either of two players who are the main ball handlers and offensive leaders positioned at the rear of the court on offense: see POINT GUARD
6. Football either of two players on offense at the left and the right of the center whose purpose is blocking: see also NOSE GUARD
mount guard
to go on sentry duty
off one's guard or off guard
not alert for protection or defense
on one's guard or on guard
alert for protection or defense; vigilant
stand guard
to do sentry duty

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