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noun Sen"ti*nel
  1. One who watches or guards; specifically [Mil] , a soldier set to guard an army, camp, or other place, from surprise, to observe the approach of danger, and give notice of it; a sentry."The sentinels who paced the ramparts." [Macaulay.]
  2. Watch; guard.(Obs)"That princes do keep due sentinel." [Bacon.]
  3. [Zoöl] A marine crab (Podophthalmus vigil) native of the Indian Ocean, remarkable for the great length of its eyestalks; -- called also sentinel crab.

Etymology: F. sentinellecf. It. sentinella); probably originally, a litle path, the sentinel's beat,, and a dim. of a word meaning, path; cf. F. sente path. L. semita; and OF. sentine sentele senteret, diminutive words. Cf. Sentry

verb Sen"ti*nel
  1. To watch over like a sentinel."To sentinelenchanted land."(R)
  2. To furnish with a sentinel; to place under the guard of a sentinel or sentinels.
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  1. A person employed to keep watch for some anticipated event

1570s, from Middle French sentinelle, from Old Italian sentinella (perhaps via a notion of "perceive, watch", compare Italian sentire (“to feel, hear, smell”)), from Latin sentiō (“feel, perceive by the senses”). See sense.

  1. A sentry or guard.
  2. (computer science) a unique string of characters recognised by a computer program for processing in a special way; a keyword.
    The <xmp> tag is a that suspends web-page processing and displays the subsequent text literally.
  3. Watch; guard.
  4. A sentinel crab.

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  • How unique is the name Sentinel? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Sentinel was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Sentinel: Your name in reverse order is Lenitnes. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Senilnte. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Sentinel born Aug 30, 2011

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Sumatra approximately on 1350. Your profession was banker, usurer, moneylender, and judge.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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