|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|
|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 |
|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)|
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).