Definitions of ward

  1. To guard; to keep watch over; to defend from danger; turn aside: with off; as, to ward off an attack.
  2. To guard or take care of: to keep in safety: to fend off.
  3. To keep in safety; defend; fend off.
  4. To repel or turn aside, as a blow; defend.
  5. To be vigilant; to keep guard.
  6. To act on the defensive with a weapon.
  7. To act on the defensive.
  8. watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; " guard my possessions while I'm away"
  9. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside anything mischievous that approaches; originally to guard; to defend.
  10. To keep in safety; to watch; to repel; to turn aside anything mischievous.
  11. United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail- order business ( 1843- 1913)
  12. a division of a prison ( usually consisting of several cells)
  13. 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"
  14. English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement ( 1851- 1920)
  15. One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection.
  16. The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody.
  17. A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard.
  18. One who, or that which, is guarded.
  19. A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.
  20. A division of a county.
  21. A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.
  22. A division of a forest.
  23. A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward.
  24. 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.
  25. A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch.
  26. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.
  27. To defend; to protect.
  28. To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.
  29. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; - usually followed by off.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  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. 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.
  37. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1.
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