Definitions of ward

  1. United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail- order business ( 1843- 1913)
  2. a division of a prison ( usually consisting of several cells)
  3. block forming a division of a hospital ( or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care; " they put her in a 4- bed ward"
  4. English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement ( 1851- 1920)
  5. watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; " guard my possessions while I'm away"
  6. a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections
  7. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1.
  8. One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection.
  9. The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody.
  10. A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard.
  11. One who, or that which, is guarded.
  12. A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.
  13. A division of a county.
  14. A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.
  15. A division of a forest.
  16. A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward.
  17. A projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it.
  18. A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch.
  19. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.
  20. To defend; to protect.
  21. To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.
  22. To be vigilant; to keep guard.
  23. To act on the defensive with a weapon.
  24. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; - usually followed by off.
  25. To guard; to keep watch over; to defend from danger; turn aside: with off; as, to ward off an attack.
  26. A political division of a city or town; the act of guarding or watching; a watch or guard; a person under guard or protection; one section of a hospital.
  27. To guard or take care of: to keep in safety: to fend off.
  28. To act on the defensive.
  29. Act of warding, watch: one whose business is to ward or defend: state of being guarded: means of guarding: one who is under a guardian: a division of a city, hospital, etc.: that which guards a lock or hinders any but the right key from opening it: ( B.) guard, prison.
  30. To keep in safety; defend; fend off.
  31. Watch; guard; custody protection; protector; one who is under a guardian; part of a lock protecting it against wrong keys; division of a city, hospital, & c.
  32. To repel or turn aside, as a blow; defend.
  33. A person who is under the guardianship of another.
  34. A section of a city; division in a hospital, prison, etc.; division in a lock or key.
  35. Guard made hy a weapon in fencing; a fortress; a stronghold; one whose business is to guard, watch, aud defend; a certain district, division, or quarter of a town or city; custody; confinement under guard; a minor or person under the care of a guardian; the state of a child under a guardian; guardianship; right over orphans; the division of an hospital; the part of a lock which hinders the action of any key but the proper one; act of guarding; watch troops to defend a fort.
  36. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside anything mischievous that approaches; originally to guard; to defend.
  37. To keep in safety; to watch; to repel; to turn aside anything mischievous.
  38. Watch; guard made by a weapon in fencing; a stronghold; a certain division of a town or city; confinement under guard; a person under age committed to the ward or care of a guardian.

Usage examples for ward

  1. I have not even been in Ward Fourteen since he was brought there." – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. She put up her hands as if to ward off an evil spirit, and she laughed again. – Red Hair by Elinor Glyn
  3. General Ward looked troubled. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  4. Kept in ward for life! – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  5. " The other you ought to know, Neal Ward. – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  6. I drove from the train to the Charity Hospital, and was at once taken to a ward. – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. Ward asked the boy. – What Rough Beast? by Jefferson Highe
  8. Therefore, this word should be spelled thus, rear- ward. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  9. I wish you girls were back in the settlement," and in this wish Ward heartily joined. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  10. Do I look like a man to die in bed, in the inebriates' ward? – Arms and the Woman by Harold MacGrath
  11. Then he went to the ward room himself, and knocked at the doors of his two passengers. – Fighting for the Right by Oliver Optic
  12. Don't you find ward politics very hard? – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford
  13. I signed to Marigold, who had carried me into the ward and set me down on a chair, and to the Sister, the " dear lady" of Dacre's reference, to withdraw, and after a few sympathetic words I asked him why he had sent for me. – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  14. Who came in the Ward car? – Space Viking by Henry Beam Piper
  15. They ain't give the ward yet! – The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  16. My young ward is of an age that happiness is eager to attend- let her then enjoy it! – The Worlds Greatest Books Vol. II: Fiction by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  17. Miss Lucy met them at the door of the ward, and her face was white with fear. – Polly of the Hospital Staff by Emma C. Dowd
  18. Oh, the ward would be lonely indeed without Polly May! – Polly of the Hospital Staff by Emma C. Dowd
  19. I will act as seems best, Mr. Ward. – The Master of the World by Jules Verne
  20. Is Ward going to stay with you? – Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate by Charles Turley