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Ward (a.) The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1.
Ward (n.) One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection.
Ward (n.) The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody.
Ward (n.) A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard.
Ward (n.) One who, or that which, is guarded.
Ward (n.) A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.
Ward (n.) A division of a county.
Ward (n.) A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.
Ward (n.) A division of a forest.
Ward (n.) A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward.
Ward (n.) A projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it.
Ward (n.) A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch.
Ward (n.) To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.
Ward (n.) To defend; to protect.
Ward (n.) To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.
Ward (n.) To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off.
Ward (v. i.) To be vigilant; to keep guard.
Ward (v. i.) To act on the defensive with a weapon.