Guide (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Guided; p. pr. & vb. n. Guiding.] [OE. guiden, gyden, F. guiaer, It. guidare; prob. of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth. ritan to watch over, give heed to, Icel. viti signal, AS. witan to know. The word prob. meant, to indicate, point to, and hence, to show the way. Cf. Wit, Guy a rope, Gye.]


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.


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.
Ps. cxii. 5.

The meek will he guide in judgment.
Ps. xxv. 9.


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Guide, n. [OE. giae, F. guide, It. guida. See Guide, v. t.]


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.


One who, or that which, directs another in his conduct or course of life; a director; a regulator.

He will be our guide, even unto death.
Ps. xlviii. 14.


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. (Mil.)

A noncommissioned officer or soldier placed on the directing 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 (Mach.), 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 under Meridian. --
Guide pile (Engin.), a pile driven to mark a place, as a point to work to. --
Guide pulley (Mach.), 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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