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  • n. A fire maintained during the night by people keeping watch


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  • In less than a second Lord Crawford was at their head, and, dispatching an Archer to alarm the King and his household, drew back his little party to some distance behind their watchfire, that they might not be seen by its light.

    Quentin Durward

  • She was arrested Feb. 9, 1919, and served five days in District Jail for participating in watchfire demonstration.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • As the watchfire blazed up, its gleam fell upon masses of honeysuckle and woodbine, on white, mouldering walls beneath, and dark, waving trees above; while the group of mountaineers who gathered round its light, with their long beards and vivid dresses, completed the strange picture.


  • A band of guards was marching from the longhouse, past the watchfire.

    Conan the Relentless

  • Then he caught up a burning brand from the watchfire, whirled it about his head, and flung it high into the dry thatch of the longhouse.

    Conan the Relentless

  • They are signaled by watchfire from the island yonder, and now captains hoist canvas.


  • The news had arrived quickly, via the watchfire telegraph running from Maisak to the capital.

    An Ill Fate Marshalling

  • And so they parted; the civilised man to tell his little story of human feeling and native intelligence, “spending their sweetness in the desert air,” — the shepherd to relate his adventure over the watchfire, and perhaps draw forth from some sexagenarian herdsman his boyish recollections of the fall of San Fiorenzo and Bastia, and the march of the English red-coats over the mountains.

    Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia with Notices of their History, Antiquities, and Present Condition.

  • Roaming over the boundless waste as the necessity of changing the pasturage of his flock requires, he finds his best shelter in the skirts of the forest, and his food in the chestnuts, which he luxuriously roasts in the embers of his watchfire when he is tired of eating them raw.

    Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia with Notices of their History, Antiquities, and Present Condition.

  • But there was no avoiding it; and when we drew near the long white line which glittered like a watchfire in the night, I called out to Yoosef and the lad, both of whom lay plunged in deathlike stupor, to rise and get ready for the hard swim, now inevitable.

    MacMillan's Reading Books Book V


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