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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.


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