imperfect & past participle Guided; present participle & verbal noun Guiding. ; (Old English) guiden, gyden, (French) guiaer, (Italian) guidare; probably of Teutonic origin; confer (Gothic) ritan to watch over, give heed to, (Icelandic) viti signal, (Anglo-Saxon) witan to know. The word probably meant, to indicate, point to, and hence, to show the way. Confer Wit, Guy a rope, Gye.
[imperfect & past participle Guided; present participle & verbal noun Guiding.]1. To lead or direct in a way; to conduct in a course or path; to pilot; as, to guide a traveler. I wish... you 'ld guide me to your sovereign's court. (Shakespeare)2. To regulate and manage; to direct; to order; to superintend the training or education of; to instruct and influence intellectually or morally; to train. He will guide his affairs with discretion. Psalms cxii. 5. The meek will he guide in judgment. Psalms xxv. 9.
(Old English) giae, (French) guide, (Italian) guida. See Guide, transitive verb
1. A person who leads or directs another in his way or course, as in a strange land; one who exhibits points of interest to strangers; a conductor; also, that which guides; a guidebook.2. One who, or that which, directs another in his conduct or course of lifo; a director; a regulator. He will be our guide, even unto death. Psalms xlviii. 14.3. Any contrivance, especially one having a directing edge, surface, or channel, for giving direction to the motion of anything, as water, an instrument, or part of a machine, or for directing the hand or eye, as of an operator; as: (a, Water Wheels) A blade or channel for directing the flow of water to the wheel buckets. (b, Surgery) A grooved director for a probe or knife. (c, Printing) A strip or device to direct the compositor's eye to the line of copy he is setting.4. (Military) A noncommissioned officer or soldier placed on the directiug flank of each subdivision of a column of troops, or at the end of a line, to mark the pivots, formations, marches, and alignments in tactics. Farrow. Guide bar (Machinery), the part of a steam engine on which the crosshead slides, and by which the motion of the piston rod is kept parallel to the cylinder, being a substitute for the parallel motion; -- called also guide, and slide bar. -- Guide block (Steam Engine), a block attached in to the crosshead to work in contact with the guide bar. -- Guide meridian. (Surveying) See Meridian. -- Guide pile (Engineering), a pile driven to mark a place, as a point to work to. -- Guide pulley (Machinery), a pulley for directing or changing the line of motion of belt; an idler. Knight. -- Guide rail (Railroads), an additional rail, between the others, gripped by horizontal driving wheels on the locomotive, as a means of propulsion on steep gradients.
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Originated 1325–75 from the Middle English verb giden or noun gide, from the Old French verb guider or noun guide, from Old Provençal guida, from guidar, from Germanic, from Frankish (*witan, “to show the way”). Akin to Old English witan (“to know”); see Proto-Indo-European *weyd-.
guide (plural guides) Someone who guides, especially someone hired to show people around a place or an institution and offer information and explanation. The guide led us around the museum and explained the exhibits. Bible, Psalms xlviii. 14 He will be our guide, even unto death. A document or book that offers information or instruction; guidebook. A sign that guides people; guidepost. Any marking or object that catches the eye to provide quick reference. A device that guides part of a machine, or guides motion or action. A blade or channel for directing the flow of water to the buckets in a water wheel. A grooved director for a probe or knife in surgery. (printing, dated) A strip or device to direct the compositor's eye to the line of copy being set. (occult) A spirit believed to speak through a medium. (military) A member of a group marching in formation who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest.
guide (third-person singular simple present guides, present participle guiding, simple past and past participle guided) to serve as a guide for someone or something; to lead or direct in a way; to conduct in a course or path. Shakespeare Guide me to your sovereign's court. to steer or navigate, especially a ship or as a pilot. to exert control or influence over someone or something. Bible, Psalms cxii. 5 He will guide his affairs with discretion. to supervise the education or training of someone. (intransitive) to act as a guide.
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