Deathwatch meaning

dĕth'wŏch'
A vigil kept beside a dying or dead person.
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One who guards a condemned person before execution.
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A deathwatch beetle.
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A vigil kept beside a dead or dying person.
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A guard set over a person soon to be executed.
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Any of various insects, esp. any of a family (Anobiidae) of wood-burrowing beetles whose heads make a tapping sound superstitiously regarded as an omen of death.
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A vigil kept beside a dying or dead person.
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A vigil beside a dying person.
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One who guards a condemned person before execution.
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A deathwatch beetle.
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Origin of deathwatch

From death +‎ watch.