- The definition of a guard is a person or device that protects.
- An example of a guard is a security person at a bank.
- An example of a guard is a pad worn on the shins of a soccer player.
- Guard is defined as to keep safe, protect or cover.
- An example of guard is for a vaccination to protect against disease.
- An example of guard is to keep someone on the opposing team from scoring.
guard definition by Webster's New World
- to keep safe from harm; watch over and protect; defend; shield
- to watch over; specif.,
- to keep from escape or trouble
- to hold in check; control; restrain
- Sports to keep (an opponent) from making a gain or scoring; also, to cover (a goal or area) in defensive play
- to supervise entrances and exits through (a door, gate, etc.)
- to cover (a piece of machinery) with a device to protect the operator
- Archaic to escort
Origin: Late Middle English garde ; from the noun
- to keep watch; take precautions (against)
- to act as a guard
- the act or duty of guarding; careful watch; wariness; defense; protection
- a posture of alert readiness for defense, as in boxing, fencing, etc.
- the arms or weapon in such a posture
- any device that protects against injury or loss; specif.,
- the part of the handle of a sword, knife, or fork that protects the hand
- a chain or cord attached to a watch, bracelet, etc. to protect against loss
- a ring worn to keep a more valuable ring from slipping off the finger
- a safety device, as in machinery
- an article worn to protect a part of the body, as in a sport: a catcher's shin guards
- a person or group that guards; specif.,
- a sentinel or sentry
- a railway brakeman or gatekeeper
- Brit. a railroad conductor
- a person who guards prisoners
- a special unit of troops assigned to the British royal household
- a military unit with a special ceremonial function: a color guard
- ☆ Basketball either of two players who are the main ball handlers and offensive leaders positioned at the rear of the court on offensesee point guard
- ☆ Football either of two players on offense at the left and the right of the center whose purpose is blockingsee also nose guard
Origin: ME garde < OFr garder, to protect < Gmc *wardon (> Ger warten, to wait) < IE base *wer-, to heed > ware, L vereri, to fear
- guarder noun
guard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb guard·ed, guard·ing, guards verb, transitive
- To protect from harm by or as if by watching over: guard a bank; guarding the President. See Synonyms at defend.
- To watch over so as to prevent escape or violence: guarded the prisoner.
- Sports To keep (an opposing player) from scoring or playing efficiently.
- To maintain control over, as to prevent indiscretion: Guard what you say.
- To supervise entry or exit through; keep watch at: guarded the door.
- To furnish (a device or object) with a protective piece.
- Archaic To escort.
- To take precautions: guard against infection.
- To serve as a guard.
- One who protects, keeps watch, or acts as a sentinel.
- One who supervises prisoners.
- An honor guard.
- Chiefly British A railway employee in charge of a train.
- Football One of the two offensive linemen on either side of the center.
- Basketball Either of the two players normally positioned in the backcourt who are responsible for bringing the ball to and initiating offensive plays from the frontcourt.
- Sports A defensive position or stance, as in boxing or fencing.
- a. The act or duty of guarding.b. Protection; watch: a prisoner under close guard.
- Something that gives protection; a safeguard: a guard against tooth decay.
- A device or an attachment that prevents injury, damage, or loss, especially:a. An attachment or a covering put on a machine to protect the operator or a part of the machine.b. A device on a foil, sword, or knife that protects the hand.c. A padded covering worn to protect a body part from injury: a shin guard.d. A small chain or band attached to a watch or bracelet to prevent loss.e. A ring worn to prevent a more valuable ring from sliding off the finger.
- Electronics A signal that prevents accidental activation of a device or ambiguous interpretation of data.
Origin: Middle English garden, from Old French garder, guarder, of Germanic origin; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.
- guardˈer noun
guard - Phrases/Idioms
off (one's) guard
on (one's) guard
off (one's) guard
on (one's) guard
- To keep watch.
- To act as a sentinel.