from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In bookbinding, a book with guards. See guard, 5 .
  • noun Naval, abook in which are entered the orders and official information received by the boarding-officer of the guard-ship of a fleet or squadron.


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  • And Captain Chester turned to his desk again as the new officer of the day, guard-book in hand, entered to make his report.

    From the Ranks Charles King 1888

  • There are also some fragments in a guard-book in the

    Illuminated Manuscripts John William Bradley 1873

  • Three plated buckets, each containing three pints, full of letters to be answered, other letters to be pasted into a classified guard-book, loose notes to be pasted into various books and classified (for this writer used to sneer at the learned men who say, "I will look among my papers for it;" he held that every written scrap ought either to be burned, or pasted into a classified guard-book, where it could be found by consulting the index); five things like bankers 'bill-books, into whose several compartments MS. notes and newspaper cuttings were thrown, as a preliminary toward classification in books.

    A Terrible Temptation A Story of To-Day Charles Reade 1849

  • Ask Mr. Smayle to let me have the Dairyfields guard-book. "

    Murder Must Advertise Sayers, Dorothy L. 1933


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