The character 守 means guard and is pronounced as 「shǒu」 in the third tone. Its meaning comes from the components inch 寸 and roof 宀. Its sound (maybe) comes from the character 寸 cùn.
to defend, to keep watch
a unit of length, thumb
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The archer guarded every inch of the roof.
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guard + protect
to guard, to protect
guard + after
to wait for, to expect, to keep watch, to watch over, to nurse
firm + guard
to hold fast to, to stick to
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