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Definition of ward:

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

Synonyms:

parish, preservation, precinct, hold, awareness, safety, harbor, free, room, lookout, cellblock, sentinel, division, detention, orphan, repulse, beat off, Barbara Ward, defense, guard, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth, asron montgomery ward, hospital, allow, custody, sentry, keep off, protection, picket, protector, infirmary, diocese, child, parry, repel, Mrs. Humphrey Ward, strike, Montgomery Ward, territory, district, dependent, charge, department, mary augusta arnold ward, hospital ward, security, attack, give, confinement, watch.

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