Definition of middle watch in English:

middle watch

Pronunciation /ˈˌmidl ˈwäCH/ /ˈˌmɪdl ˈwɑtʃ/ /ˈˌmidl ˈwôCH/ /ˈˌmɪdl ˈwɔtʃ/


  • The period from midnight to 4 a.m. on board a ship.

    ‘The ratings, sentries on night watch at a naval barracks, say that the ghost follows them around during the middle watch and they have protested against doing solitary duty on that watch.’
    • ‘On March 2, 1874, they almost ran into a large berg during the middle watch.’
    • ‘The change to the middle watch was done quickly and quietly and settled into the monotony of the nightwatch.’
    • ‘About a quarter way through the middle watch the man appeared by Styles' hammock.’
    • ‘And during one middle watch a guard on patrol in the old barracks had called down to the main gate for assistance.’