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Definition of Ward

Ward

  1. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1.
  2. One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection.
  3. The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody.
  4. A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard.
  5. One who, or that which, is guarded.
  6. A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.
  7. A division of a county.
  8. A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.
  9. A division of a forest.
  10. A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward.
  11. 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.
  12. A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch.
  13. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.
  14. To defend; to protect.
  15. To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.
  16. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off.
  17. To be vigilant; to keep guard.
  18. To act on the defensive with a weapon.

Ward Quotations

For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.
Erma Bombeck

Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
Franz Kafka

England is nothing but the last ward of the European madhouse, and quite possibly it will prove to be the ward for particularly violent cases.
Leon Trotsky

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.
John Mortimer

The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.
Lawrence Durrell
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Ward Translations

ward in German is Gewahrsam, Schutzbefohlene
ward in Latin is pupillus pupilla
ward in Spanish is pupilo
ward in Swedish is sal, avdelning, skyddsling, myndling