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middle watch

noun, Nautical
1.
the watch from midnight until 4 a.m.
Also called graveyard watch, midwatch.
Origin of middle watch
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • We got him aboard just before eight bells of the second dog-watch, and it was eight bells of the middle watch afore he spoke.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • He had written two letters in the middle watch, one to the Company and the other to me.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • It is only to request that I may not keep the middle watch to-night.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The middle watch was mustered duly at midnight, and the former one retired.

    Grace Darling Eva Hope
  • Rayner had just come on deck to relieve Oliver, who had the middle watch.

  • One night we had the middle watch, and were together on the look-out forward.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • We hope at about six bells in the middle watch on the first convenient night to pay a surprise visit to the Cavarale.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • It came at length, towards the end of the middle watch, and as before, astern.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Single pieces of ice were seen during the middle watch, but after that there was none within sight.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • All hands were roused up in the middle watch to reef topsails.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for middle watch

middle watch

noun
1.
(nautical) the watch between midnight and 4 am
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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