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  • n. Plural form of centinel.


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  • Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Burton—the senior surviving officer under Braddock, Colonel Peter Halkett having gone down early—posted some small parties and centinels.

    George Washington’s First War

  • The footsteps of the centinels who had followed from the cell were no longer heard, and he seemed to be left with his conductors only.

    The Italian

  • The torch was lighted, but concealed within a hollow of the cliffs, that bordered the road, and the centinels took their station in darkness, within the deep arch, near the spot where Vivaldi had watched with Bonarmo.

    The Italian

  • Vivaldi heard the door shut, on his departure, and the centinels followed his steps, as if their duty was finished, and he was to return thither no more.

    The Italian

  • The persons, who had been lately summoned into the chamber, were now bidden to withdraw, and all further examination was suspended till the arrival of the centinels; Vivaldi heard only the low voices of the inquisitors, as they conversed privately together, and he remained silent, thoughtful, and amazed.

    The Italian

  • After a short conversation among the members of the tribunal, the grand inquisitor gave orders that the centinels, who had watched on the preceding night at the prison door of Vivaldi, should be brought into the hall of justice.

    The Italian

  • “I have heard only the bell of San Dominico strike upon the hour,” replied the man, “and the watch word of the centinels.”

    The Italian

  • A lamp was then called for by the secretary; but, as that could not immediately be procured, the torch of one of the centinels, who watched in the dark avenue without, was brought in its stead, and this discovered to Schedoni the various sigures assembled in his dusky chamber, and to them the emaciated form and ghastly visage of the Confessor.

    The Italian

  • When the centinels appeared, and were asked who had entered the prison of Vivaldi during the last night, they declared, without hesitation, or confusion, that not any person had passed through the door after the hour when the prisoner had returned from examination, till the following morning, when the guard had carried in the usual allowance of bread and water.

    The Italian

  • 1695 — to these a lead weight is an eternal balance, and keeps watch as well as a couple of centinels, inasmuch as the construction of them was a curve line approximating to a cycloid — if not a cycloid itself.

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman


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