- 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
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Related Wordsavert, avoid, block, check, deflect, deter, divert, fend, foil, forestall, frustrate, halt, interrupt, obviate, parry, preclude, prevent, rebuff, rebut, repel
Examples from the Web for warding
Before the arrests, the Italian navy had defended the men, lauding them for warding off pirates and protecting the Italian vessel.Italian Pirate-Fighting Marines On Trial
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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
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For Arab women, however, warding off fundamentalists is only half the battle.Nude Art Mag Riles Middle East
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He raised a hand with the gesture of one warding off a blow.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
He had been warding off the moment of despair, but he could do so no longer now.The Manxman
The attitude of warding off reveals itself as fastidiousness and as bashfulness.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
It was sufficient for Mascarin to be assured of a danger to find means of warding it off.Caught In The Net
She raised her tiny hands before her face as if she were warding off a blow.A Tar-Heel Baron
Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
- (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 warding
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.