a division or district of a city or town, as for administrative or political purposes.
one of the districts into which certain English and Scottish boroughs are divided.
a division, floor, or room of a hospital for a particular class or group of patients: a convalescent ward; a critical ward.
any of the separate divisions of a prison.
a political subdivision of a parish in Louisiana.
Mormon Church. one of the subdivisions of a stake, presided over by a bishop.
Fortification. an open space within or between the walls of a castle or fortified place: the castle's lower ward.
a person, especially a minor, who has been legally placed under the care of a guardian or a court.
the state of being under the care or control of a legal guardian.
guardianship over a minor or some other person legally incapable of managing their own affairs.
the state of being under restraining guard or in custody.
a person who is under the protection or control of another.
a movement or posture of defense, as in fencing.
a curved ridge of metal inside a lock, forming an obstacle to the passage of a key that does not have a corresponding notch.
the notch or slot in the bit of a key into which such a ridge fits.
the act of keeping guard or protective watch: watch and ward.
Archaic. a company of guards or a garrison.
to avert, repel, or turn aside (danger, harm, an attack, an assailant, etc.) (usually followed by off): to ward off a blow; to ward off evil.
to place in a ward, as of a hospital or prison.
Archaic. to protect; guard.
- wardless, adjective
Other definitions for Ward (2 of 3)
(Aaron) Montgomery, 1843–1913, U.S. merchant and mail-order retailer.
Ar·te·mas [ahr-tuh-muhs], /ˈɑr tə məs/, 1727–1800, American general in the American Revolution.
Ar·te·mus [ahr-tuh-muhs], /ˈɑr tə məs/, Charles Farrar Browne, 1834–67, U.S. humorist.
Barbara Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth, 1914–81, English economist and author.
Mrs. Humphry Mary Augusta Arnold, 1851–1920, English novelist, born in Tasmania.
Sir Joseph George, 1856–1930, New Zealand statesman, born in Australia: prime minister of New Zealand 1906–12, 1928–30.
Lester Frank, 1841–1913, U.S. sociologist.
Nathaniel "Theodore de la Guard", 1578?–1652, English clergyman, lawyer, and author in America.
a male given name.
Other definitions for -ward (3 of 3)
a native English suffix denoting spatial or temporal direction, as specified by the initial element: toward; seaward; afterward; backward.
- Also -wards.
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How to use ward in a sentence
Vicky ward was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair for 11 years.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003 | Vicky Ward | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
And yet as Robert ward discovered, Marvin—for all of his larger-than-life machismo—was surprising in real life.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
You know, ward, I think I understand my father more every day.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I would recommend ginger tea first thing in the morning as a great way to ward off an upset stomach,” says White.
Police then spent the next five months investigating Poggiali, careful not to leave her alone in the hospital ward.Nurse Nasty Suspected of Killing 38 People in Italy | Barbie Latza Nadeau | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At the usual hour that night the employés of Stickle and Screw left work and took their several ways home ward.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
Just as the Admiral was going, ward (of the Intelligence) crossed over with a nasty little damper.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The suggestive remarks of Mr. ward do not appear hitherto to have attracted the attention they deserve.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
The parallel to which Mr. ward refers is that contained in the earlier part of the Prose Lancelot.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
The tribal ward headmanʼs district deputies together constitute the police force of the whole ward.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for ward (1 of 3)
(in many countries) a district into which a city, town, parish, or other area is divided for administration, election of representatives, etc
a room in a hospital, esp one for patients requiring similar kinds of care: a maternity ward
one of the divisions of a prison
an open space enclosed within the walls of a castle
Also called: ward of court a person, esp a minor or one legally incapable of managing his own affairs, placed under the control or protection of a guardian or of a court
guardianship, as of a minor or legally incompetent person
the state of being under guard or in custody
a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another
a means of protection
an internal ridge or bar in a lock that prevents an incorrectly cut key from turning
a corresponding groove cut in a key
a less common word for warden 1
(tr) archaic to guard or protect
- See also ward off
- wardless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Ward (2 of 3)
Dame Barbara (Mary), Baroness Jackson. 1914–81, British economist, environmentalist, and writer. Her books include Spaceship Earth (1966)
Mrs Humphry, married name of Mary Augusta Arnold. 1851–1920, English novelist. Her novels include Robert Elsmere (1888) and The Case of Richard Meynell (1911)
Sir Joseph George. 1856–1930, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1906–12; 1928–30)
British Dictionary definitions for -ward (3 of 3)
(forming adjectives) indicating direction towards: a backward step; heavenward progress
(forming adverbs) a variant and the usual US and Canadian form of -wards
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