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
My sister is a nurse on a covid-19 ward, and I want her to be able to do her job safely.Covid-19 vaccines shouldn’t get emergency-use authorization | Amy Nordrum | November 13, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Her roommate in the covid-19 ward, an elderly woman, was having a difficult night.While America fixated on election results, Americans battled covid-19 | Ashley Fetters | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
“It’s a lot easier to get to 50 percent than it is to get to 66 percent,” ward said.Demand for Housing Solutions Has Reached New Heights | Lisa Halverstadt | November 5, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The county’s only hospital, Mount Nittany Medical Center, deployed its “surge capacity plan” and dedicated 21 beds to a coronavirus ward.Football is back in Happy Valley. The coronavirus never left. | Kent Babb | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
On March 26, Jordan announced his decision to fire ward and Galloway.Portland police threw dead possums at her family’s restaurant in 1981. Now she’s running for mayor. | Monica Rodman | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Before the arrests, the Italian navy had defended the men, lauding them for warding off pirates and protecting the Italian vessel.
Good hygiene, students are advised, is important for warding away bad breath and bad smells from that woolen suit.Perfect Your Ho-Ho-Ho’s at the Top Santa-Training School | Nina Strochlic | December 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
For Arab women, however, warding off fundamentalists is only half the battle.
She wished to be alone in her trouble, and see if she could decide upon some plan for warding off this impending ruin.File No. 113 | Emile Gaboriau
Heika devoted his attention to warding off missiles from his brother, who, having to use his bow, could not manage a shield.The Norsemen in the West | R.M. Ballantyne
It was Katy's shield and buckler, warding off many a cold criticism which might otherwise have been passed upon her.Family Pride | Mary J. Holmes
By a Fabian policy of watching, waiting, warding, and assaulting at the right moment.
The best possible means of warding off an attack is to take a strong and powerful initiative.1914 | John French, Viscount of Ypres
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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