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Guard or guards may refer to:

Professional occupations

* Bodyguard, who protects an individual from personal assault * Crossing guard, who stops traffic so pedestrians can cross the street * Lifeguard, who rescues people from drowning * Prison guard, who supervises prisoners in a prison or jail * Security guard, who protects property, assets, or people * Conductor (rail) § Train guard, in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and India

Computing and telecommunications

* Guard (computer science), in programming language, an expression that directs program execution * Guard (information security), a device for controlling communication between computer networks * Guard interval, intervals in transmission, used in telecommunications * Aircraft emergency frequency, commonly referred to as "guard"

Governmental and military

* Border guard, a state security agency * Coast guard, responsible for coastal defence and offshore rescue * Colour guard, a detachment of soldiers assigned to the protection of regimental colors * Commander-in-Chief's Guard, a unit of the Continental Army that protected General George Washington * Foot guards, a senior infantry unit in some armies, often with ceremonial duties * Garda Síochána, Irish police force informally known as Guards * Guard of honour, primarily ceremonial * Guards (Russia), elite military in pre-revolutionary Russia * Guards unit, a title earned by distinguished units in the former Soviet Union and in some contemporary ex-Soviet states * Police in medieval contexts * Royal Guard, military bodyguards, soldiers or armed retainers responsible for the protection of a royal person, often an elite unit of the regular armed forces.

Sports

* Guard (gridiron football), a player between the center and the tackles on the offensive line * Guard (basketball) ** Point guard, or "playmaker" ** Shooting guard, or "off guard" ** Combo guard, combining both point and shooting guard * Guard (grappling), a position in martial arts * Color guard (flag spinning), people who toss flags, spin a rifle and a saber at performances with a marching band * Winter guard, people who spin and toss flags, rifles, and/or sabers at indoor performances on a tarp

Other uses

* Guard (surname) * Guards (band), an American rock band * Guards (steamboat) * Guard (weapon), part of the handle of a sword designed to stop the user's hand from slipping onto the blade * Guard dogs, guard llamas and guard geese, animals employed to watch for unwanted or unexpected animals or people * Abdominal guarding, in medicine, the tensing of the abdominal wall muscles to guard inflamed organs * Mate guarding, guarding of a potential or former mate from other individuals * Mouthguard, a protective device for the mouth * ''Wächter'' (Anatol) (''Guards''), several monumental sculptures by Anatol Herzfeld

See also

* Civil Guard (disambiguation) * The Guard (disambiguation) * National Guard (disambiguation) * Sentry (disambiguation) * Sentinel (disambiguation) {{disambiguation