- An object used for guarding.
- (obsolete) A guard or watchman; now replaced by warden.
- An enchantment or spell placed over a designated area, or a social unit, that prevents any tresspasser from entering, approaching and/or even from being able to locate said-protected premises
- A protected place.
- An administrative division of a borough, city or council.
"On our last visit to Tokyo, we went to Chiyoda ward and visited the Emperor's palace."
- A part of a hospital where patients reside.
- (obsolete) An underage orphan.
- Protection, defence.
- Guardianship, especially of a child or prisoner.
- (fencing) A guarding or defensive motion or position.
- A section or subdivision of a prison.
- (Mormonism) A subdivision of the LDS Church, smaller than and part of a stake, but larger than a branch.
- A minor looked after by a guardian.
"After the trial, little Robert was declared a ward of the state."
- (archaic or obsolete) A guard; a guardian or watchman.
- The ridges on the inside of a lock, or the incisions on a key.
- The action of a watchman; monitoring, surveillance (usually in phrases keep ward etc.).
- (historical, Scots law) Land tenure through military service.
- (archaic) An area of a castle, corresponding to a circuit of the walls.
- (Britain) A division of a forest.
- A person under guardianship.
- (transitive) To defend, to protect.
- (intransitive) To act on the defensive with a weapon.
- (transitive) To keep in safety, to watch over, to guard.
- (intransitive) To be vigilant; to keep guard.
- (transitive) To fend off, to repel, to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off.