from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See the vocabulary.
- A detail of one or more men who keep watch on deck at night when a vessel is at anchor.
- n. a detail of one or more men who keep watch on deck when a vessel is at anchor.
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It had been a well-worked surprise — a hundred men flung suddenly on the deck of the corvette had swept away the anchor watch and mastered the vessel in a single rush before the watch below could come up to offer any resistance.