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  • adj. The starting position of a fencing bout; en garde.
  • adj. vigilant, alert

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. serving in the capacity of a guard; doing duty as a guard or sentinel; watching.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. vigilant


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  • The editor of Black Mask, Joseph Shaw, was on guard against the use of vulgarisms by his writers.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • But with his left hand hanging slack at his side, he made the perpetual signal of alarm! alarm! used within the Earthport staff — a repeated tapping of the thumb against the third finger — when they had to set one another on guard without alerting the offworld transients.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • And it was done just as had been planned, for no sooner did the King of Sicily's turn on guard come round, than he had the tortoise pushed forward to the same spot where the other tortoise-towers had been burnt.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • Arguably she was more powerful in some ways than each of these men because people were always on guard with the masters of Wall Street, like Donald Burdick, but tended to get careless around women and be too chatty, to give away secrets, to reveal weaknesses.

    Mistress of Justice

  • Pickett was left at Chambersburg; Law's brigade was held on guard at New Guilford.


  • And in order to protect those who were working at the causeway, he caused two turrets to be built, called "tortoise-towers," for there were two towers in front of the tortoises, and two outworks behind the towers, to shelter those on guard from the shots from the Turkish engines; for they had sixteen engines, all fixed.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • Page 2 clothe hanging around there [unclear: carens] the rest is out drilling this morning I don't haft to drill to day I was on guard yesterday.

    Augusta County: George W. Baylor to Mary C. Baylor, September 4, 1861

  • A lot of the Viet Cong and NVA troops in what America called II Corps didn't get the word in time, so six cities, including Pleiku and Kontum, were infiltrated and attacked a day early, just after four in the morning, precipitating the artillery response that had helped Spider stay awake on guard duty.


  • Maybe he was reviewing what was left of his pet lambs - Joe on guard at the half-open door, Ed Coppoc at the side loophole, the cherubic Dauphin Thompson at the rear wall, Emperor Green stretched half-asleep on the straw, his lips moving in an inaudible mutter, Jerry Anderson dozing with his back to an engine, mouth open and fair hair tousled.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • Evelington Heights was reached and a Federal squadron on guard there sent ascampering.



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