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Definition of 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

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

Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus, no marriage or family, no ward or stake is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other's strengths.
Sheri L. Dew

Could I pass a week in the insane ward at Blackwell's Island? I said I could and I would. And I did.
Nellie Bly
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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
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