(n.) A substance found in great abundance on some coasts or islands frequented by sea fowls, and composed chiefly of their excrement. It is rich in phosphates and ammonia, and is used as a powerful fertilizer.
(n.) To protect from danger; to secure against surprise, attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend; to shelter; to shield from surprise or attack; to protect by attendance; to accompany for protection; to care for.
(n.) To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like.
(n.) To protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc.
(n.) To fasten by binding; to gird.
(v. i.) To watch by way of caution or defense; to be caution; to be in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful persons guard against mistakes.
(v. t.) One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack; defense; protection.
(v. t.) A man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a person or position; a watch; a sentinel.
(v. t.) One who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a conductor.
(v. t.) Any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss
(v. t.) That part of a sword hilt which protects the hand.
(v. t.) Ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a garment.
(v. t.) A chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person or dress.
(v. t.) A fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a vessel.
(v. t.) An extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull; esp., in side-wheel steam vessels, the framework of strong timbers, which curves out on each side beyond the paddle wheel, and protects it and the shaft against collision.
(v. t.) A plate of metal, beneath the stock, or the lock frame, of a gun or pistol, having a loop, called a bow, to protect the trigger.
(v. t.) An interleaved strip at the back, as in a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when filled.
(v. t.) A posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber exercise.
(v. t.) An expression or admission intended to secure against objections or censure.
(v. t.) Watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard.
(v. t.) The fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of the Belemnites.
(n.) A tropical tree, or its fruit, of the genus Psidium. Two varieties are well known, the P. pyriferum, or white guava, and P. pomiferum, or red guava. The fruit or berry is shaped like a pomegranate, but is much smaller. It is somewhat astringent, but makes a delicious jelly.
(n.) The leather strap by which the shield of a knight was slung across the shoulder, or across the neck and shoulder.
(v. t.) To lead or direct in a way; to conduct in a course or path; to pilot; as, to guide a traveler.
(v. t.) To regulate and manage; to direct; to order; to superintend the training or education of; to instruct and influence intellectually or morally; to train.
(v. t.) A person who leads or directs another in his way or course, as in a strange land; one who exhibits points of interest to strangers; a conductor; also, that which guides; a guidebook.
(v. t.) One who, or that which, directs another in his conduct or course of lifo; a director; a regulator.
(v. t.) Any contrivance, especially one having a directing edge, surface, or channel, for giving direction to the motion of anything, as water, an instrument, or part of a machine, or for directing the hand or eye, as of an operator
(v. t.) A blade or channel for directing the flow of water to the wheel buckets.
(v. t.) A grooved director for a probe or knife.
(v. t.) A strip or device to direct the compositor's eye to the line of copy he is setting.
(v. t.) A noncommissioned officer or soldier placed on the directiug flank of each subdivision of a column of troops, or at the end of a line, to mark the pivots, formations, marches, and alignments in tactics.
(v. t.) An association of men belonging to the same class, or engaged in kindred pursuits, formed for mutual aid and protection; a business fraternity or corporation; as, the Stationers' Guild; the Ironmongers' Guild. They were originally licensed by the government, and endowed with special privileges and authority.
(v. t.) A guildhall.
(v. t.) A religious association or society, organized for charitable purposes or for assistance in parish work.
(v. t.) The criminality and consequent exposure to punishment resulting from willful disobedience of law, or from morally wrong action; the state of one who has broken a moral or political law; crime; criminality; offense against right.
(v. t.) Exposure to any legal penalty or forfeiture.
(n.) Customary way of speaking or acting; custom; fashion; manner; behavior; mien; mode; practice; -- often used formerly in such phrases as: at his own guise; that is, in his own fashion, to suit himself.
(n.) External appearance in manner or dress; appropriate indication or expression; garb; shape.
(n.) Cover; cloak; as, under the guise of patriotism.