a period of sleeplessness
the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
- After Forestier's death, he and Mrs. Forestier kept a vigil over the corpse.
- She kept an all-night vigil by the patient's bedside.
- The detectives resumed their vigil at the house.
- keep vigil 守夜
Visits to ev'ry Church we daily paid..The Stations duly, and the Vigils kept.出自： Pope