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ward

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noun \ˈwȯrd\

Simple Definition of ward

  • : a section in a hospital for patients needing a particular kind of care

  • : a section in a prison

  • : one of the sections into which a city or town is divided for the purposes of an election

Full Definition of ward

  1. 1 a :  the action or process of guarding b :  a body of guards

  2. 2 :  the state of being under guard; especially :  custody

  3. 3 a :  the inner court of a castle or fortress b :  a division (as a cell or block) of a prison c :  a division in a hospital; especially :  a large room in a hospital where a number of patients often requiring similar treatment are accommodated

  4. 4 a :  a division of a city for representative, electoral, or administrative purposes b :  a division of some English and Scottish counties corresponding to a hundred c :  the Mormon local congregation having auxiliary organizations (as Sunday schools and relief societies) and one or more quorums of each office of the Aaronic priesthood

  5. 5 :  a projecting ridge of metal in a lock casing or keyhole permitting only the insertion of a key with a corresponding notch; also :  a corresponding notch in a bit of a key

  6. 6 :  a person or thing under guard, protection, or surveillance: as a :  a minor subject to wardship b :  a person who by reason of incapacity (as minority or mental illness) is under the protection of a court either directly or through a guardian appointed by the court —called also ward of court c :  a person or body of persons under the protection or tutelage of a government

  7. 7 :  a means of defense :  protection

Examples of ward

  1. She works in the cancer ward.

  2. the council representative from Ward 22

  3. They were wards of the state.



Origin of ward

Middle English, from Old English weard & Anglo-French warde, garde, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German warta act of watching, Old English warian to beware of, guard, wær careful — more at guard, wary


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ward

verb

Definition of ward

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to keep watch over :  guard

  3. 2 :  to turn aside (something threatening) :  deflect —usually used with off <ward off a blow> <trying to ward off a cold>



Examples of ward

  1. <vowed that he would take whatever measures were necessary to ward the nation's people>



Origin of ward

Middle English, from Old English weardian & Anglo-French warder, garder, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wartēn to watch, Old Norse vartha to guard, Old English weard ward


First Known Use: before 12th century


Ward

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biographical name \ˈwȯrd\

Definition of Ward

  1. (Aaron) Montgomery 1843–1913 Am. merchant




Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

  1. Ar*te*mas play \ˈär-tə-məs\ 1727–1800 Am. gen. in Revolution




Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

  1. Artemus — see Charles Farrar browne




Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

  1. Barbara 1914–1981 Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth Eng. econ.




Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

  1. Sir Joseph George 1856–1930 N.Z. statesman




Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

  1. Mary Augusta 1851–1920 Mrs. Humphry Ward née Arnold Eng. nov.




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-ward

adjective suffix

Simple Definition of -ward

  • : that moves, tends, faces, or is directed toward

  • : that occurs or is located in the direction of

Full Definition of -ward

  1. 1 :  that moves, tends, faces, or is directed toward <riverward>

  2. 2 :  that occurs or is situated in the direction of <leftward>

Examples of -ward

  1. a rearward movement of troops



Variants of -ward

also -wards

Origin of -ward

-ward from Middle English, from Old English -weard; akin to Old High German -wart, -wert -ward, Latin vertere to turn; -wards from -wards, adverb suffix — more at worth


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-ward

adverb suffix

Simple Definition of -ward

  • : in or toward a (specified) direction

Full Definition of -ward

  1. 1 :  in a (specified) spatial or temporal direction <upward> <afterward>

  2. 2 :  toward a (specified) point, position, or area <earthward>

Variants of -ward

or -wards

Origin of -ward

-ward from Middle English, from Old English -weard, from -weard, adjective suffix; -wards from Middle English, from Old English -weardes, genitive singular neuter of -weard, adjective suffix


Medical Dictionary

ward

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noun \ˈwȯ(ə)rd\

Medical Definition of ward

  1. :  a division in a hospital; especially :  a large room in a hospital where a number of patients often requiring similar treatment are accommodated <a diabetic ward>






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