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sentinel

[sen-tn-l] /ˈsɛn tn l/
noun
1.
a person or thing that watches or stands as if watching.
2.
a soldier stationed as a guard to challenge all comers and prevent a surprise attack:
to stand sentinel.
3.
Digital Technology, tag1 (def 9a).
verb (used with object), sentineled, sentineling or (especially British) sentinelled, sentinelling.
4.
to watch over or guard as a sentinel.
Origin of sentinel
1570-1580
1570-80; < Middle French sentinelle < Italian sentinella, derivative of Old Italian sentina vigilance (Latin sent(īre) to observe) + -īna -ine2)
Related forms
sentinellike, adjective
sentinelship, noun
unsentineled, adjective
unsentinelled, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. sentry, guard, watch, lookout.
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  • The sentinel challenged, and Silent went forward and gave the countersign.

  • Like a sentinel on that solitary plain it overwhelms me with a sense of mystery.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • Might it be a sentinel at the castle who was ordered to go about?

    Maezli Johanna Spyri
  • She had only one sentinel on the outpost of her spirit, and that was the sense of touch and feeling.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Have you read the editorials in the Winchester Courier or the morning sentinel on this case?

British Dictionary definitions for sentinel

sentinel

/ˈsɛntɪnəl/
noun
1.
a person, such as a sentry, assigned to keep guard
2.
(computing) a character used to indicate the beginning or end of a particular block of information
verb (transitive) -nels, -nelling, -nelled
3.
to guard as a sentinel
4.
to post as a sentinel
5.
to provide with a sentinel
Word Origin
C16: from Old French sentinelle, from Old Italian sentinella, from sentina watchfulness, from sentire to notice, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for sentinel
n.

1570s, from Middle French sentinelle (16c.), from Italian sentinella "a sentinel." OED says "No convincing etymology of the It. word has been proposed," but perhaps (via a notion of "perceive, watch"), from sentire "to hear," from Latin sentire "feel, perceive by the senses" (see sense (n.)).

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