American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Alert watchfulness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wakefulness.
- n. The state or character of being vigilant; watchfulness in discovering or guarding against danger, or in providing for safety; circumspection; caution.
- n. Specifically, watchfulness during the hours of night.
- n. In medicine, a form of insomnia.
- n. A guard or watch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being vigilant; forbearance of sleep; wakefulness.
- n. Watchfulness in respect of danger; care; caution; circumspection.
- n. obsolete Guard; watch.
- n. the process of paying close and continuous attention
- n. vigilant attentiveness
“The communications flag above the camp was green, emblazoned with the word "vigilance.”
“Whether or not Mr. Trichet uses the code word "vigilance," indicating a rate increase in July, at the ECB's monthly news conference now seems almost a side issue.”
“The greenback abruptly changed course shortly before the U.S. trading day began, when European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet failed to invoke the word "vigilance" when speaking about inflation, denting expectations for quick interest-rate increases that would enhance the advantage of holding the euro over other major currencies.”
“But that vigilance is now firmly a part of the Senate landscape.”
“Not only do parents need to manage their child on an emotional level, they also need to maintain vigilance when it comes to the availability of drugs and alcohol and educate their children about the issues they are prone to face as they begin the tumultuous journey through adolescence.”
“March 27th, 2009 at 11: 44 am that vigilance is my other motivation for posting these.”
“So yes, vigilance is a necessary component at a crucial time such as this.”
“Our awakening has taught us that "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty", and that we must be prepared in ways and means, if we would keep step in the foremost rank of the tramping nations.”
“Parts of the prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortices, which play key roles in vigilance and scepticism when judging the truth and importance of what people say, were deactivated when the subjects listened to a supposed healer.”
“As many have said, "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
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