Definition of Ward

1. Noun. A person who is under the protection or in the custody of another.

Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul



2. Verb. Watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect. "Guard my possessions while I'm away"
Exact synonyms: Guard
Generic synonyms: Protect
Specialized synonyms: Shepherd
Derivative terms: Guard, Warder

3. Noun. A district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections.

4. Noun. 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"
Exact synonyms: Hospital Ward
Generic synonyms: Block
Specialized synonyms: Detox, Maternity Ward
Group relationships: Hospital, Infirmary

5. Noun. English economist and conservationist (1914-1981).

6. Noun. English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920).
Exact synonyms: Mary Augusta Arnold Ward, Mrs. Humphrey Ward
Generic synonyms: Author, Writer

7. Noun. United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913).

8. Noun. A division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells).
Exact synonyms: Cellblock
Generic synonyms: Block
Terms within: Cell, Jail Cell, Prison Cell
Specialized synonyms: Death House, Death Row
Group relationships: Prison, Prison House

Definition of Ward

1. v. i. Suffixes denoting course or direction to; motion or tendency toward; as in backward, or backwards; toward, or towards, etc.

2. n. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1.

3. v. t. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.

4. v. i. To be vigilant; to keep guard.

5. v. i. Suffixes denoting course or direction to; motion or tendency toward; as in backward, or backwards; toward, or towards, etc.

6. n. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1.

7. v. t. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.

8. v. i. To be vigilant; to keep guard.

Definition of Ward

1. Proper noun. An English occupational surname for a guard or watchman. ¹

2. Noun. Protection, defence. ¹

3. Noun. A protected place. ¹

4. Noun. A person under guardianship. ¹

5. Noun. An object used for guarding. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To keep in safety, to watch over, to guard. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To defend, to protect. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To fend off, to repel, to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by ''off''. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To be vigilant; to keep guard. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To act on the defensive with a weapon. ¹

11. Noun. (obsolete) A guard; a guardian or watchman. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ward

1. to turn aside [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Ward

1. 1. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch. "Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward." (Spenser) 2. One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection. "For the best ward of mine honor." (Shak) "The assieged castle's ward Their steadfast stands did mightily maintain." (Spenser) "For want of other ward, He lifted up his hand, his front to guard." (Dryden) 3. The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody. "And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard." (Gen. Xl. 3) "I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward." (Shak) "It is also inconvenient, in Ireland, that the wards and marriages of gentlemen's children should be in the disposal of any of those lords." (Spenser) 4. A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard. "Thou knowest my old ward; here I lay, and thus I bore my point." (Shak) 5. One who, or that which, is guarded. Specifically: A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery. "You know our father's ward, the fair Monimia." A division of a county. A division, district, or quarter of a town or city. "Throughout the trembling city placed a guard, Dealing an equal share to every ward." (Dryden) A division of a forest. A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward. 6. 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. A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch. "The lock is made . . . More secure by attaching wards to the front, as well as to the back, plate of the lock, in which case the key must be furnished with corresponding notches." (Tomlinson) Ward penny, money paid to the sheriff or castellan for watching and warding a castle. Ward staff, a constable's or watchman's staff. Origin: AS. Weard, fem, guard, weard, asc, keeper, guard; akin to OS. Ward a watcher, warden, G. Wart, OHG. Wart, Icel. Vorr a warden, a watch, Goth. -wards in daorawards a doorkeeper, and E. Wary; cf. OF. Warde guard, from the German. See Ware, Wary, and cf. Guard, Wraith. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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