• WordNet 3.6
    • v ward watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect "guard my possessions while I'm away"
    • n ward a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)
    • n ward block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care "they put her in a 4-bed ward"
    • n ward a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections
    • n ward a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another
    • n Ward United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913)
    • n Ward English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920)
    • n Ward English economist and conservationist (1914-1981)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hugh "Ward Cleaver" Beaumont was an ordained minister.
    • Ward A division of a county.
    • Ward A division of a forest.
    • Ward A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward .
    • Ward A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.
    • Ward A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard. "Thou knowest my old ward ; here I lay, and thus I bore my point."
    • Ward A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.
    • Ward A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch.
    • Ward A projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it.
    • Ward One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection. "For the best ward of mine honor.""The assieged castle's ward Their steadfast stands did mightily maintain.""For want of other ward ,
      He lifted up his hand, his front to guard."
    • Ward One who, or that which, is guarded.
    • Ward The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch n., 1. "Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward ."
    • Ward The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody. "And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard.""I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward .""It is also inconvenient, in Ireland, that the wards and marriages of gentlemen's children should be in the disposal of any of those lords."
    • Ward To act on the defensive with a weapon. "She redoubling her blows drove the stranger to no other shift than to ward and go back."
    • Ward To be vigilant; to keep guard.
    • Ward To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.
    • Ward To defend; to protect. "Tell him it was a hand that warded him
      From thousand dangers."
    • Ward To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off. "Now wards a felling blow, now strikes again.""The pointed javelin warded off his rage.""It instructs the scholar in the various methods of warding off the force of objections."
    • Ward To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time. "Whose gates he found fast shut, no living wight
      To ward the same."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In some chuch in South Carolina, every man must bring a rifle to church on Sunday to ward off Indian attacks.
    • n ward A territorial division in the Mormon Church for purposes of ecclesiastical government. It is the administrative unit, with an executive head called a bishop.
    • n ward A name, proposed by the Scottish engineer James Thorn son, for a directed quantity as expressed graphically by the length and direction of a line.
    • n ward A keeper; watchman; warden.
    • ward To take care of; keep in safety; watch; guard; defend; protect.
    • ward To put under guard; imprison.
    • ward To fend off; repel; turn aside: commonly followed by off.
    • ward To keep guard; watch.
    • ward To act on the defensive with a weapon; guard one's self.
    • ward To take care: followed by a clause beginning with that.
    • n ward The act of keeping guard; a position or state of watchfulness against surprise, danger, or harm; guard; watch: as, to keep watch and ward. See watch.
    • n ward A body of persons whose duty it is to guard, protect, or defend; the watch; a defensive force; garrison.
    • n ward Means of guarding; defense; protection; preservation.
    • n ward The outworks of a castle.
    • n ward A guarded or defensive motion or position in fencing, or the like; a turning aside or intercepting of a blow, thrust, etc.
    • n ward The state of being under a guard; confinement under a guard, warder, or keeper; custody; confinement; jail.
    • n ward Guardianship; control or care of a minor.
    • n ward The state of being under the care, control, or protection of a guardian; the condition of being under guardianship.
    • n ward One who or that which is guarded; specifically, a minor or person under guardianship. In feudal law, the heir of the king's tenant in capite, during his nonage.
    • n ward In United States law, a minor for whom a guardian is appointed.
    • n ward A division. A band or company.
    • n ward A division of an army; a brigade, battalion, or regiment.
    • n ward A certain division, section, or quarter of a town or city, such as is under the charge of an alderman, or as is constituted for the convenient transaction of local public business throngh committees appointed by the inhabitants, or merely for the purposes of elections.
    • n ward A territorial division of some counties in Great Britain, as Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire in Scotland, and Northumberland and Cumberland in the north of England.
    • n ward The division of a forest.
    • n ward One of the apartments into which a hospital is divided: as, a fever ward; a convalescent ward.
    • n ward A curved ridge of metal inside a lock, forming an obstacle to the passage of a key which has not a corresponding notch; also, the notch or slot in the web or bit of a key into which such a ridge fits when the key is applied. The wards of a lock are often named according to their shapes: as, L-ward; T-ward. The wards are nsually made of sheet-metal bent into a round form, and hence are sometimes termed wheels. See cut under pick, 4.
    • ward The suffix -ward separated as a distinct word.
    • ward A suffix of Anglo-Saxon origin, indicating direction or tendency to or from a point. It is affixed to many adverbs and prepositions, as fore (for-), forth, from (fro-), to, after, back, hind, in, out, hither, thither, whither, up, nether, thence, etc.; to words indicating points of the compass (east, west, etc.); to nouns indicating a goal, center, end, direction, etc., as home, way, wind, down, heaven, God, etc. With some of these it was used pleonastically, as abackward, adownward. Most of the forms have a collateral form with adverbial genitive-s, as forwards, afterwards, inwards, outwards, etc. In toward, the elements were formerly often separated, as in the Bible: to us-ward (Ps. xl. 5; 2 Pet. iii. 9); to thee-ward (1 Sam. xix. 4); to you-ward (2 Cor. xiii. 3); to the mercy seatward (Ex. xxxvii. 9); etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Montgomery Ward was the first company in the United States to advertise, “Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.” They did it in 1874, two years after company founder Aaron Montgomery Ward launched his mail-order catalog.
    • v.t Ward wawrd to guard or take care of: to keep in safety: to keep away, fend off (with off)
    • v.i Ward to act on the defensive
    • n Ward act of warding, watch: those whose business is to ward or defend: state of being guarded: means of guarding: one who is under a guardian: a division of a city, hospital, county, (B.) army, &c.: that which guards a lock or hinders any but the right key from opening it:
    • n Ward (B.) guard, prison: a defensive movement in fencing
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  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.”
  • Michael Crichton
    Michael Crichton
    “I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood. [On why he gave up medicine]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wardien, AS. weardian, to keep, protect; akin to OS. wardn, to watch, take care, OFries. wardia, OHG. wartn, G. warten, to wait, wait on, attend to, Icel. vara, to guarantee defend, Sw. vårda, to guard, to watch; cf. OF. warder, of German origin. See Ward (n.), and cf. Award Guard Reward


In literature:

Presently his kindly feelings prompted him to pay his ward a visit.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
Artemus Ward touches this bubble with a pretty sharp-pointed pen.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
I bethought me at length that I would go to Mr Ward, my father's old clerk.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Colonel Ward keep a nice place.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
They have come to be little Annie's steady company, hers and her fellow-sufferers' in the mixed-measles ward.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Certainly he spared no expense upon his ward.
"The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees" by Mary Caroline Crawford
Frank B. Fay, former Mayor of Chelsea, and was his ward.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
It occupied no more space than is now included within the five lower and smallest of its twenty-four wards.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
The fruit trees were in bloom, the woods feathering green, the quiet and the golden light inestimable after the moaning wards.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Ward of want is now sanctuary.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee

In poetry:

The warding cypress pleads the skies,
The mound goes level in the rain.
My love all cold and silent lies-
Pray God it will not rise again!
"Requiescat" by Dorothy Parker
Look on the face of men like Ward,
Day, Douglas, Pennington, and then
Tell me whether these should herd
With beasts of burden or with men.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
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
Till the day break, and shadows flee,
Till the sweet dawning light I see,
Thine eyes to me-ward often turn,
Nor let my soul in darkness mourn.
"Hymn 70" by Isaac Watts
The faithful night keeps watch and ward,
Raising the moon her silver shield,
And summoning the stars to guard
The slumbers of my fair Mathilde!
"Serenade" by William Makepeace Thackeray
That you would come tonight
Someone has revealed, it seems, and
Upon the hill of meeting
The barrier is warded well;
Swiftly hasten you homeward!
"That you would come tonight" by Ise

In news:

Chicago Ward Gives Budgetary Power To The People.
Bumble Ward ankles Fox publicity post.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER'S GUIDE Developed by Tom Ward and Associates, Raleigh, NC 1.
15th Annual Ward's Auto Interiors Show: Explo.
The councilor elect for Ward 1 in Marlborough is moving to City Hall after spending four years on the School Committee, and hopes to take lessons learned at the school district along with him.
Council member Mary M Cheh (D-Ward 3) is serious about her oversight role.
Check out this weekend's Washington Post Magazine for an interview with first-term Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh .
Change is good for Capitals' Ward-Laich- Chimera line.
Chimera , Laich and Ward are Capitals' 'meat and potatoes line,' Boudreau says.
Scott Means, 41, has been called as the new bishop in the Lodi First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints .
Cid (6-2, 330) replaced sophomore Chris Ward at the strong side guard position.
Council member Yvette Alexander, Ward 7 Democrat, will get a primary challenger.
An influential group of Ward 7 residents voted last week to back a campaign to oustD.
Terry Richard/The Oregonian Bob Ward points to the headland that protects Whale Cove near Depoe Bay.
Family and friends may attend an open house in their honor from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, Aug 18, at the Clinton 25th Ward building, 2841 W 1300 North.

In science:

Nevertheless, as our previous argument would have us believe, the Ward identities following from δ2 are accurately satisfied on the lattice.
Exact Lattice Supersymmetry from Topological Field Theory
Rivasseau Ward type identities for the 2d Anderson model at weak disorder, J.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
In this appendix we first derive a Ward identity that relates the vertex functions with a single insertion of the operator H′ to the vertex functions without insertion.
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
Coriolis force balances the pressure gradient, the flow is zonal, i.e., directed parallel to the equator and, for an inviscid fluid, the equator-ward velocity component is zero.
Enhanced mass transfer during dwarf nova outbursts by irradiation of the secondary?
This is the “dust subdisk” in which, as is sometimes believed, gravitational instabilities may trigger planetesimal formation (Goldreich & Ward 1973; Youdin & Shu 2002).
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains