- having notches, slots, or wards, as in locks and keys.
Origin of warded
- 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 his or her 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.
Origin of ward
SynonymsSee more synonyms for ward on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for warded
The tax cuts could be warded off through simple legislation.The Fiscal Cliff’s First Victim?
November 15, 2012
He warded them off, holding the butt of the gun in front of him.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Matches are very convenient, but they must be warded from dampness.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
Blow after blow he warded off, till at last his own arm was disabled.The Grateful Indian
What, then, would result if these disturbers could be warded off, one or all?
Jerry warded off the blows as well as he could, and tried to return them.The Camp in the Snow
William Murray Graydon
- (of locks, keys, etc) having wards
- (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 carea maternity ward
- one of the divisions of a prison
- an open space enclosed within the walls of a castle
- Also called: ward of courta 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
- 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)
Word Origin and History for warded
Old English weardian "to keep guard," from Proto-Germanic *wardojan- (cf. Old Saxon wardon, Old Norse varða "to guard," Old Frisian wardia, Middle Dutch waerden "to take care of," Old High German warten "to guard, look out for, expect," German warten "to wait, wait on, nurse, tend"), from *wardo- (see ward (n.)). French garder, Italian guardare, Spanish guardar are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "to parry, to fend off" (now usually with off) is recorded from 1570s. Related: Warded; warding.
Old English weard "a guarding, a watchman, a sentry," from West Germanic *wardo (cf. Old Saxon ward, Old Norse vörðr, Old High German wart). Used for administrative districts (at first in the sense of guardianship) from late 14c.; of hospital divisions from 1749. Meaning "minor under control of a guardian" is from early 15c. Ward-heeler is 1890, from heeler "loafer, one on the lookout for shady work" (1870s).
- A room in a hospital usually holding six or more patients.
- A division in a hospital for the care of a particular group of patients.