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ward (wôrd)
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n.
1.
a. A room in a hospital usually holding six or more patients.
b. A division in a hospital for the care of a particular group of patients: a maternity ward.
2.
a. A division of a city or town, especially an electoral district, for administrative and representative purposes.
b. A district of some English and Scottish counties corresponding roughly to the hundred or the wapentake.
3. One of the divisions of a penal institution, such as a prison.
4. An open court or area of a castle or fortification enclosed by walls.
5.
a. Law A minor or a person deemed legally incompetent.
b. A person under the protection or care of another.
6. Archaic
a. The act of guarding or protecting; guardianship.
b. The act of keeping watch or being a lookout.
c. The state of being under guard; custody.
7. A defensive movement or attitude, especially in fencing; a guard.
8.
a. The projecting ridge of a lock or keyhole that prevents the turning of a key other than the proper one.
b. The notch cut into a key that corresponds to such a ridge.
tr.v. ward·ed, ward·ing, wards
Archaic
To guard; protect.
Phrasal Verb:
ward off
1. To turn aside; parry: ward off an opponent's blows.
2. To try to prevent; avert: took vitamins to ward off head colds.

[Middle English, action of guarding, from Old English weard, a watching, protection; see wer-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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-ward or -wards
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suff.
1.
a. In a specified direction in time or space: downward.
b. Toward a specified place or position: skyward.
2.
a. Occurring or situated in a specified direction: leftward.
b. Having a direction toward a specified place or position: landward. See Usage Note at backward.

[Middle English, from Old English -weard; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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Ward, Artemus
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See Charles Farrar Browne.

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Ward, Artemas 1727-1800.
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American Revolutionary general who directed Massachusetts troops in the siege of Boston, until George Washington relieved him of the command and drove the British from the city (1776).

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Ward (wôrd), (Aaron) Montgomery 1843-1913.
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American merchant who established (1872) the mail-order business that bears his name.

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