from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who serves as a guard during the night.
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- n. Prior to police forces, a person appointed by a town or city to walk the streets at night and guard the burghers from felons and robbers.
- n. A person who guards (usually at a building) at night.
- n. The last batsman in a three or five day game to play on a particular day and thus carry over the batting to the following day.
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- n. a watchman who works during the night
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I went to the telephone and rang up the night watchman at the yard, and told him to go along and warn the tug's engineer that we were putting out in half an hour.
‘For a couple of weeks he had a job as night watchman in a factory at Billancourt.
“Hunter was like the night watchman around Woody Creek,” said George, “he was up.”
He did not tell her that the old night watchman was dying, two thin walls and half a dozen feet away.
Even the footsteps of the night watchman added only an accented quarter-note to the silence that had become a hum, a lullaby.