A watch is a timepiece, typically worn either around the wrist or attached on a chain and carried in a pocket. Wristwatches are the most common type of watch used today. Watches evolved in the 17th century from spring powered clocks, which appeared in the 15th century. The first watches were strictly mechanical. As technology progressed, the mechanisms used to measure time have, in some cases, been replaced by use of quartz vibrations or electronic pulses. The first digital electronic watch was developed in 1970.

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  1. A portable or wearable timepiece.
    More people today carry a watch on their wrists than in their pockets.
  2. The act of guarding and observing someone or something.
  3. A particular time period when guarding is kept.
    The second watch of the night began at midnight.
  4. A person or group of people who guard.
    The watch stopped the travelers at the city gates.
  5. The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
  6. A group of sailors and officers aboard a ship or shore station with a common period of duty: starboard watch, port watch.
  7. A period of time on duty, usually four hours in length; the officers and crew who tend the working of a vessel during the same watch. (FM 55–501).
  8. The act of seeing, or viewing, for a period of time.


  1. To be awake.
  2. To look at, see, or view for a period of time.
  3. To observe over a period of time; to notice or pay attention.
  4. To mind, attend, or guard.
  5. To be wary or cautious of.
  6. To attend to dangers to or regarding.
  7. To remain awake with a sick or dying person; to maintain a vigil.
  8. To be vigilant or on one's guard.
  9. To act as a lookout.
  10. To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place.

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