from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fire maintained during the night as a signal, or for the use of a watching party, guard, sentinels, etc.


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  • The watch-fire will be put out at 9: 00 p.m. Saturday, during

    Heroes or Villains?

  • There was no one about, but round the corner was a watch-fire, with a few pandies and bazaar-wallahs round it; I ambled past them, exchanging a greeting, and they didn't do more than give me an idle glance.


  • On that same January 3, a missive, unknown to Paul and the other watch-fire women, landed on the desk of Senator George Moses of New Hampshire—one that would coincidentally bless their next venture.

    Savage Peace

  • For three weeks, beginning early in February, the twenty-six women, all “convicts” now from the watch-fire incident, planned to travel to at least fifteen cities.

    Savage Peace

  • Waverley did so, and beheld an outpost of four or five soldiers lying by their watch-fire.


  • The watch-fire was lighted, and fann'd by the breeze,

    Olban, or, the White Captive

  • A watch and a ward by the watch-fire of Eri, our old

    Under The Moon

  • Gesten was going about the task of building a watch-fire for their friend, laying out colored smoke-pots amidst the kindling.

    The Black Gryphon

  • And I'll be here, with this watch-fire, until either he comes back or this army runs out of firelogs.

    The Black Gryphon

  • Without a word, he left his place beside the watch-fire and walked away into the darkness, looking back over his shoulder at the little spot of light and the patient figure hunched beside it.

    The Black Gryphon


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