General English

  • noun the man in charge of a train
  • verb to watch someone or somewhere carefully to prevent attacks or escapes

General Science

  • noun a device to prevent injury or damage
  • verb to watch over and protect something or someone from harm


  • noun a device to prevent injury or loss, etc.


  • Any bars, railing, fence, or enclosure that serves as protection around moving parts of machinery or around an excavation, equipment, or materials.
  • A security guard hired to maintain safety and security at a construction site.


  • noun the position adopted by the batsman in which the bat is held upright in front of the wicket, just inside the popping crease, with the side of the blade pointing down the pitch. The batsman ‘takes’ guard – usually at the start of an innings or following a change in the bowler’s point of delivery – by asking the umpire (who ‘gives’ guard) to indicate the line from where he is standing to a particular point on the batsman’s wicket, typically middle stump, middle-and-leg, or leg stump; the batsman then marks this position with a blockhole, which provides a point of orientation enabling him to assess the ball’s line of flight and to determine his own position in relation to the wicket.
    See also one leg

Human Resources

  • noun a person who protects someone or a building


  • noun somebody whose job is to protect people or property
  • noun the state of being protected by a guard


  • noun a person who protects other people or things
  • noun a person who keeps control of prisoners
  • noun a military force assigned to protect other people or things


  • noun something which protects, especially a card which protects an illustration or a strip of linen pasted onto the back fold of a signature
  • noun a strip of paper sewn between sections of a book, to which tipped-in illustrations can be glued, also used to increase the bulk at the spine so as to allow space for folded maps or plates to be inserted


  • noun either of the two players who regularly defend the backcourt and initiate attacks
  • noun a position taken by a batsman when ready to receive a bowled ball
  • noun each of two attackers on each side of the centre


  • noun a person or group of people, whose job it is to protect someone or something

Origin & History of “guard”

Prehistoric west Germanic *warthōn produced English ward. It was borrowed into vulgar Latin as *wardāre, and following the general phonetic trend by which Germanic initial w became g(u) in the romance languages, it produced Italian guardare, Spanish guardar, and French garder. The noun derived from the latter, garde, gave English guard. Guardian (15th c.), borrowed from Old French gardien, has a doublet in warden.