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 for Watchman
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Watchman \Watch"man\, n.; pl. Watchmen.
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     1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a
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     2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of
        a city, by night.
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     Watchman beetle (Zool.), the European dor.
     Watchman's clock, a watchman's detector in which the
        apparatus for recording the times of visiting several
        stations is contained within a single clock.
     Watchman's detector, or Watchman's time detector, an
        apparatus for recording the time when a watchman visits a
        station on his rounds.
     Watchman's rattle, an instrument having at the end of a
        handle a revolving arm, which, by the action of a strong
        spring upon cogs, produces, when in motion, a loud, harsh,
        rattling sound.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a guard who keeps watch [syn: watchman, watcher,
           security guard]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "watchman":
     Argus, Charley, airplane spotter, fire patrolman, fire warden,
     fireguard, forward observer, lookout, lookout man, night watchman,
     patrol, patroller, patrolman, picket, roundsman, scout, sentinel,
     sentry, spotter, vedette, ward, watch, watcher, watchkeeper

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WATCHMAN. An officer in many cities and towns, whose duty it is to watch 
  during the night and take care of the property of the inhabitants. 
       2. He possesses generally the common law authority of a constable 
  (q.v.) to make arrests, where there is reasonable ground to suspect a 
  felony, though there is no proof of a felony having been committed. 1 Chit. 
  Cr. L. 24; 2 Hale, 96; Hawk. B. 2, c. 13, s. 1, &c.; 1 East, P. C. 303; 2 
  Inst. 52; Com. Dig. Imprisonment, H 4; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 3 Taunt. R. 
  14; 1 B. & A. 227; Peake, R. 89; 1 Moody's Cr. Cas. 334; 1 Esp. R. 294; and 
  vide Peace. 
       3. By an act of congress, approved Sept. 30, 1850, the compensation of 
  watchmen in the various departments of government, shall be five hundred 
  dollars per annum. 

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