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guard·ing

(gard'ing),
A spasm of muscles to minimize motion or agitation of sites affected by injury or disease.

guarding

guarding

Physical exam Involuntary muscle spasm elicited by fulminant acute peritonitis, leaving the anterior abdominal muscles in a state of tonic contraction, imparting a board-like consistency to the rectus abdominis muscles, distinguished from voluntary guarding, seen in 'ticklish' Pts. See Abdominal guarding.

guard·ing

(gahrd'ing)
A spasm of muscles to minimize motion or agitation of sites affected by injury or disease.

guarding

Reflex tightening of the muscles of the abdominal wall when pressed upon by the examining hand in the presence of underlying tenderness from inflammation. Guarding makes examination difficult but is, in itself, of diagnostic significance.

guarding (gärˑ·ding),

n 1. phenomenon in which muscles react to an injury to a joint, bone or ligament by contracting in order to form a protective splint.
2. a sign detected during physical pain whereby the patient involuntarily contracts muscles second to pain.

guard·ing

(gahrd'ing)
A spasm of muscles to minimize motion or agitation of sites affected by injury or disease.
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Lecount had now at her command the means of warning Noel Vanstone as she had never been able to warn him yet, or, in other words, the means of guarding against any dangerous tendencies toward reconciliation with the Bygraves which might otherwise have entered his mind during her absence at Zurich.
As I laid down my pen, a moment since, to think of it, the air from the sea came blowing in again, mixed with the perfume of the flowers; and I saw the old-fashioned furniture brightly rubbed and polished, my aunt's inviolable chair and table by the round green fan in the bow-window, the drugget-covered carpet, the cat, the kettle-holder, the two canaries, the old china, the punchbowl full of dried rose-leaves, the tall press guarding all sorts of bottles and pots, and, wonderfully out of keeping with the rest, my dusty self upon the sofa, taking note of everything.
The two who were left guarding their boats seemed in a bustle at our appearance; "Lillibullero" stopped off, and I could see the pair discussing what they ought to do.
I can well imagine Erik dragging the body, in order to get rid of it, to the scene from the Roi de Lahore, and hanging it there as an example, or to increase the superstitious terror that was to help him in guarding the approaches to his lair
His curiosity was instantly roused, and he advanced cautiously till he saw two huge dragons guarding the gate of a wood.
I will only tell thee that, either fate being envious of so great a boon placed in my hands by good fortune, or perhaps (and this is more probable) this castle being, as I have already said, enchanted, at the time when I was engaged in the sweetest and most amorous discourse with her, there came, without my seeing or knowing whence it came, a hand attached to some arm of some huge giant, that planted such a cuff on my jaws that I have them all bathed in blood, and then pummelled me in such a way that I am in a worse plight than yesterday when the carriers, on account of Rocinante's misbehaviour, inflicted on us the injury thou knowest of; whence conjecture that there must be some enchanted Moor guarding the treasure of this damsel's beauty, and that it is not for me.
Then his keen hunting-knife flew forth and in a trice, Stout Will, Lester, and merry John were free men and had sprung forward and seized the halberds from the nearest soldiers guarding the gallows.