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Ward

[wawrd] /wɔrd/
noun
1.
(Aaron) Montgomery, 1843–1913, U.S. merchant and mail-order retailer.
2.
Artemas
[ahr-tuh-muh s] /ˈɑr tə məs/ (Show IPA),
1727–1800, American general in the American Revolution.
3.
Artemus
[ahr-tuh-muh s] /ˈɑr tə məs/ (Show IPA),
(Charles Farrar Browne) 1834–67, U.S. humorist.
4.
Barbara (Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth) 1914–81, English economist and author.
5.
Mrs. Humphry (Mary Augusta Arnold) 1851–1920, English novelist, born in Tasmania.
6.
Sir Joseph George, 1856–1930, New Zealand statesman, born in Australia: prime minister 1906–12, 1928–30.
7.
Lester Frank, 1841–1913, U.S. sociologist.
8.
Nathaniel ("Theodore de la Guard") 1578?–1652, English clergyman, lawyer, and author in America.
9.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for j. ward

ward

/wɔːd/
noun
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)
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  1. an internal ridge or bar in a lock that prevents an incorrectly cut key from turning
  2. a corresponding groove cut in a key
10.
a less common word for warden1
verb
11.
(transitive) (archaic) to guard or protect
See also ward off
Derived Forms
wardless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English weard protector; related to Old High German wart, Old Saxon ward, Old Norse vorthr. See guard

Ward

/wɔːd/
noun
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 and History for j. ward

ward

n.

Old English weard "a guarding, a watchman, a sentry," from West Germanic *wardo (cf. Old Saxon ward, Old Norse vörðr, Old High German 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).

v.

Old English weardian "to keep guard," from Proto-Germanic *wardojan- (cf. Old Saxon wardon, Old Norse varða "to guard," Old Frisian wardia, Middle Dutch waerden "to take care of," Old High German warten "to guard, look out for, expect," German warten "to wait, wait on, nurse, tend"), from *wardo- (see ward (n.)). French garder, Italian guardare, Spanish guardar are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "to parry, to fend off" (now usually with off) is recorded from 1570s. Related: Warded; warding.

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j. ward in Medicine

ward (wôrd)
n.

  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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j. ward in the Bible

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

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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