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1570s, from Middle French sentinelle, from Old Italian sentinella (perhaps via a notion of "perceive, watch", compare Italian sentire ("to feel, hear, smell")), from Latin senti? ("feel, perceive by the senses"). See sense.
sentinel (plural sentinels)
- A sentry or guard.
- 1719- Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
- They promised faithfully to bear their confinement with patience, and were very thankful that they had such good usage as to have provisions and light left them; for Friday gave them candles (such as we made ourselves) for their comfort; and they did not know but that he stood sentinel over them at the entrance.
- the sentinels who paced the ramparts
- (computer science) a unique string of characters recognised by a computer program for processing in a special way; a keyword.
- The <xmp> tag is a sentinel that suspends web-page processing and displays the subsequent text literally.
- Watch; guard.
- Francis Bacon
- that princes do keep due sentinel
- A sentinel crab.
A sentry or guard
- Latin: vigil (la) m, excubitor m
- Navajo: ha'asídí
- Portuguese: sentinela (pt) m, f, vigia (pt) m, f
- Russian: (ru) m (?asovój), (ru) m (karaúl?nyj), (ru) m (oxránnik), (ru) m (stra?)
- Scottish Gaelic: freiceadan m
- Cyrillic: m
- Roman: stràr (sh) m
- Spanish: guarda (es) m, centinela (es) m
- Turkish: gözcü (tr), koruyucu (tr), nöbetçi (tr)
a unique phrase of characters
sentinel (third-person singular simple present sentinels, present participle (US) sentineling or (UK) sentinelling, simple past and past participle (US) sentineled or (UK) sentinelled)
- (transitive) To watch over as a guard.
- He sentineled the north wall.
- (transitive) To post as guard.
- He sentineled him on the north wall.
- (transitive) To post a guard for.
- He sentineled the north wall with just one man.
To watch over something as a guard