Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To watch over.
  • n. The supervision of one unit or vehicle by another while the supervised unit is firing or moving.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To watch too much.
  • transitive v. To weary or exhaust by watching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To watch to excess.
  • To exhaust or fatigue by long want of rest.
  • To watch over; overlook.
  • To watch too long or too late.
  • n. Watching too long or too late.

Etymologies

over- +‎ watch (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By next fall the Marines plan to be in what they call an "overwatch" role.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • = SPEED!., transit open terrain, especially at night, day travel and leap frogging or overwatch is to slow and depends on the crew mack up. unless contact is expected and unavoidable, then leap/overwatch is noty a big issue.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Gentlemen’s Club.

  • A little more than a decade on, his most common mission is what is called an "overwatch," scanning the ground via infrared sensors and radioing what he sees to troops below.

    NYT > Home Page

  • In recent months, senior U.S. officials, including Gen. David Petraeus, a McCain favorite who is the top commander in Iraq, have also begun talking about gradually moving U.S. forces out of direct combat and into a so-called overwatch role, where they would support the Iraqi security forces but no longer undertake regular operations designed to protect Iraqi civilians.

    McCain Names Drawdown Date

  • MILIBAND: Well, the so-called overwatch capacity that we have maintained which is, first of all, about supply routes, secondly about training and mentoring and support of the Iraqi forces, is also third about reintervention capacity.

    CNN Transcript Oct 28, 2007

  • They're staying in their base in Basra in a so-called overwatch position, ready to move back in if things start to go wrong.

    CNN Transcript Dec 17, 2007

  • They could have been flying what's called overwatch, protecting their military assets, maybe troops on the ground or other helicopters in the area.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2002

  • He added: "That does not mean the end of international support for the Afghan forces and air support of the kind you describe and the so-called overwatch role that has developed for the circumstances of Iraq will remain an issue beyond that."

    Epolitix News

  • Petraeus is to decide which provinces and districts are stable enough to turn over to Afghan national security forces, with coalition troops remaining in an "overwatch" capacity as they head toward complete combat withdrawal by the end of 2014.

    Petraeus warns Afghans about Karzai's criticism of U.S. war strategy

  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Obama speak on having our troops in an 'overwatch' position and indicated that the overwatch position was outside of Iraq in Kuwait?

    Obama Adviser Recommends Keeping 60,000-80,000 Troops In Iraq Through 2010

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