A large breed of dog. Often confused to be part of a type of large dogs. The Mastiff is a breed of its own that is sometimes referred to as an "English Mastiff". Other breeds have Mastiff in their informal name such as "French Mastiff" for Dogue de Bordeaux or include Mastiff in their breed names; Tibetan Mastiff or Neapolitan Mastiff. All are different breeds as well as the often confused Bullmastiff.
* 1605: , Act III, Scene VI
* 1922, , Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 98
- Avaunt, you curs! Be thy mouth or black or white, Tooth that poisons if it bite; Mastiff , greyhound, mongrel grim, Hound or spaniel, brach or him.
- A mastiff lay extended against a battered door.
A person who tends sheep, especially a grazing flock.
*:It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd' s plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
(lb) Someone who watches over]], [[look after, looks after, or guides somebody.
*1769 , Oxford Standard text, , 23, i,
*:The LORD is my shepherd ; I shall not want.
(lb) The pastor of a church; one who guides others in religion.
* archshepherd, Archshepherd (Koine Greek: 5:4)
* chief shepherd, Chief Shepherd
* shepherd's crook
* shepherd's pie
* herding dog
* herd instinct
* herd's grass
* Herdsman (the constellation )
To watch over; to guide
(Australian rules football) For a player to obstruct an opponent from getting to the ball, either when a teammate has it or is going for it, or if the ball is about to bounce through the goal or out of bounds.