Before the arrests, the Italian navy had defended the men, lauding them for warding off pirates and protecting the Italian vessel.
Good hygiene, students are advised, is important for warding away bad breath and bad smells from that woolen suit.
For Arab women, however, warding off fundamentalists is only half the battle.
“I will not, I will not,” said Rufus, warding off the suggestion with both hands.
He raised a hand with the gesture of one warding off a blow.
The Marquise made another gentle, fatigued gesture of warding off praise.
It was sufficient for Mascarin to be assured of a danger to find means of warding it off.
warding files, Fig. 2218, are made parallel in thickness, but are considerably tapered on their edges.
She held out her hands to him, palm outwards, as if warding off some present danger.
There was no warding off of this terrible thing that had so suddenly come to our portion of the world.
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).
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.
A room in a hospital usually holding six or more patients.
A division in a hospital for the care of a particular group of patients.
a prison (Gen. 40:3, 4); a watch-station (Isa. 21:8); a guard (Neh. 13:30).