Ward

Noun

  • 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.

Verb

  • (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.

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