ward off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ward off avert, turn away, or repel "Ward off danger"
    • v ward off prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
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Usage

In literature:

If he struck how could the blow be warded off?
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
You started me off thinking them over by that ward notion of yours.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
For a little time after my encounter with Brown, all my skill was needed to ward off the frantic hero.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
Similar rites might be performed not only at Midsummer, but at other times, to procure blessing or to ward off evil, e.g.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch
If you ward off or evade the first thrust and get to your opponent's left rear you will have him at your mercy.
"Mr. Fortescue" by William Westall
In life you may ward off many a blow of fate from them.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
Lawson could never have been the man he was if he were not capable of holding his own council and warding off attack.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
We cannot always ward off the blow, but we can decide upon our reaction.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Secure in his own strength, he knows how to ward off every danger.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
It seems right to me to ward off the murderous blow from the children.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
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In poetry:

"Could not thy hand, my EDWIN , thine
Have warded off the blow?
For O, he was not only mine,
He was thy father too!—
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
The wild birds sing in Brixham woods,
    Far off the sea waves call;
In Scotland garrison but one
    Keeps watch and ward for all.
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
And we think of the Power who formed them,
They seem like a tower of defence
To protect and to ward off the evil
Until we depart and go hence;
"At Sunset" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
The chearful tale, I do engage,
Wards off the spleen, disease, old age;
Bids blooming health keep on its way,
And bids the doctors go to play.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
Shou'd Satan ever find us off our guard,
And without armour, his assaults to ward,
We may be sure he'll roughly-handle those
Who shall, unarm'd, his deadly force oppose.
"A Warning To Guard, Whilst It Is Yet Day, Against The Assaults Of The World, The Flesh, And The Devi" by Rees Prichard
Corydon.
"Ye mossy springs, and grass more soft than sleep,
And arbute green with thin shade sheltering you,
Ward off the solstice from my flock, for now
Comes on the burning summer, now the buds
Upon the limber vine-shoot 'gin to swell."
"Eclogue VII" by Virgil

In news:

Baseball Bat wards off Home Invaders.
Marion Barry kicks off re-election campaign for Ward 8.
Chemists develop military camouflage face paint to ward off heat.
Exercise and coffee may ward off dementia, studies say.
Antitrust officials are reportedly in the midst of a probe into the conduct of cable companies attempting to ward off rising competition from online video suppliers like Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon.com (AMZN).
You don't have to go on a deprivation diet or spend hours exercising to ward off disease and be your healthiest self.
Getting vaccinated for shingles can ward off a lot of pain.
New research shows we can ward off diabetes, cancer, and heart disease to stay younger than our years.
60-Ship Flotilla Dispatched to Ward Off Massive Algae Bloom on Chinese Coast.
These shorts are fully equipped with a compression-fit liner and effectively ward off harmful UV rays.
Can an ice bath really ward off the muscle soreness that can kick in a day or so after an intense workout.
Two square off in primary for Ward 6 seat.
In his first start for trainer Wesley Ward, All Squared Away pulled off a shocker when he won Keeneland's $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Grade 3) at odds of 70-1.
Jorge Posada did so to ward off retirement.
Paul PL Manages to Ward Off Deep Budget Cuts.
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In science:

Indeed we will prove that there exists a one parameter family of lattice actions in which all of the BRST Ward identities are satisfied with no cut-off effects.
Lattice Supersymmetry and Topological Field Theory
Such a procedure will generate a perfect lattice action for the computation of topological observables and hence guarantees an absence of cut-off effects in the lattice Ward identities.
Lattice Supersymmetry and Topological Field Theory
This, in turn allows us to prove the cut-off independence of certain supersymmetric Ward identities.
Exact Lattice Supersymmetry from Topological Field Theory
Below we show that the breakdown of the Luttinger-Ward identity is in fact rooted in a finite cut-off energy, Ω0 , in the underlying model which gives rise to a nonanalyticity in the self-energy ˜Σσ (k; z ) away from the real axis of the complex z plane, one that the exact self-energy cannot possess (appendix B).
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
Luttinger-Ward identity, is indeed a consequence of the cut-off energy Ω0 being small with respect to the coupling-constant of interaction.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
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