One employed to keep a lookout for fire, flood, burglars, thieves, or vandals by way of protection of person or property. As employed by a municipality, a policeman, within the meaning of the common-law rule as to power to arrest without a warrant. Porter v State, 124 Ga 297, 52 SE 283. As employed on a vessel at sea, a seaman and member of the crew. The Herdis (DC Md) 22 F2d 304, 305. The word is in its very nature loose and indefinite in meaning, and the law cannot supply this defect by giving a definition, because it is not a technical term of the law, and because the nature of a watchman's functions vary in different places and according to the dangers to which the property is exposed, and even according to the nature and value of the property. Anno: 87 ALR 1114.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.


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