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ward (wɔːd)
1.  (in many countries) a district into which a city, town, parish, or other area is divided for administration, election of representatives, etc
2.  a room in a hospital, esp one for patients requiring similar kinds of care: a maternity ward
3.  one of the divisions of a prison
4.  an open space enclosed within the walls of a castle
5.  law
 a.  Also called: ward of court a 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
 b.  guardianship, as of a minor or legally incompetent person
6.  the state of being under guard or in custody
7.  a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another
8.  a means of protection
9.  a.  an internal ridge or bar in a lock that prevents an incorrectly cut key from turning
 b.  a corresponding groove cut in a key
10.  a less common word for warden
11.  archaic (tr) to guard or protect
[Old English weard protector; related to Old High German wart, Old Saxon ward, Old Norse vorthr. See guard]

Ward (wɔːd)
1.  Dame Barbara (Mary), Baroness Jackson. 1914--81, British economist, environmentalist, and writer. Her books include Spaceship Earth (1966)
2.  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)
3.  Sir Joseph George. 1856--1930, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1906--12; 1928--30)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. weard "a guarding, a watchman, a sentry," from W.Gmc. *wardo (cf. O.S. ward, O.N. vörðr, O.H.G. 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).

O.E. weardian "to keep guard," from P.Gmc. *wardojan- (cf. O.S. wardon, O.N. varða "to guard," O.Fris. wardia, M.Du. waerden "to take care of," O.H.G. warten "to guard, look out for, expect," Ger. warten "to wait, wait on, nurse, tend"), from *wardo- (see ward (n.)). Fr.
garder, It. guardare, Sp. guardar are Gmc. loan-words. Meaning "to parry, to fend off" (now usually with off) is recorded from 1571.
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Medical Dictionary

ward (wôrd)

  1. A room in a hospital usually holding six or more patients.

  2. A division in a hospital for the care of a particular group of patients.

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Bible Dictionary

Ward definition

a prison (Gen. 40:3, 4); a watch-station (Isa. 21:8); a guard (Neh. 13:30).

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