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  7  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ward  \Ward\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  vigilant;  to  keep  guard. 
  2.  To  act  on  the  defensive  with  a  weapon. 
  She  redoubling  her  blows  drove  the  stranger  to  no 
  other  shift  than  to  ward  and  go  back  --Sir  P. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ward  \Ward\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Warded};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Warding}.]  [OE.  wardien,  AS  weardian  to  keep  protect;  akin 
  to  OS  ward?n  to  watch,  take  care  OFries  wardia,  OHG. 
  wart?n,  G.  warten  to  wait,  wait  on  attend  to  Icel.  var?a  to 
  guarantee  defend,  Sw  v[*a]rda  to  guard,  to  watch;  cf  OF 
  warder,  of  German  origin.  See  {Ward},  n.,  and  cf  {Award}, 
  {Guard},  {Reward}.] 
  1.  To  keep  in  safety;  to  watch;  to  guard;  formerly,  in  a 
  specific  sense  to  guard  during  the  day  time. 
  Whose  gates  he  found  fast  shut,  no  living  wight  To 
  ward  the  same  --Spenser. 
  2.  To  defend;  to  protect. 
  Tell  him  it  was  a  hand  that  warded  him  From  thousand 
  dangers.  --Shak. 
  3.  To  defend  by  walls,  fortifications,  etc  [Obs.] 
  4.  To  fend  off  to  repel;  to  turn  aside,  as  anything 
  mischievous  that  approaches;  --  usually  followed  by  off 
  Now  wards  a  felling  blow,  now  strikes  again 
  The  pointed  javelin  warded  off  his  rage.  --Addison. 
  It  instructs  the  scholar  in  the  various  methods  of 
  warding  off  the  force  of  objections.  --I.  Watts. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  -ward  \-ward\  (w[~e]rd),  -wards  \-wards\  (w[~e]rdz).  [AS. 
  -weard,  -weardes;  akin  to  OS  &  OFries  -ward.  OHG.  -wert,  G. 
  -w["a]rts,  Icel.  -ver[eth]r,  Goth.  -va['i]r[thorn]s,  L. 
  vertere  to  turn,  versus  toward,  and  E.  worth  to  become 
  [root]143.  See  {Worth}.  v.  i.,  and  cf  {Verse}.  Adverbs 
  ending  in  -wards  (AS.  -weardes)  and  some  other  adverbs,  such 
  as  besides,  betimes,  since  (OE.  sithens).  etc.,  were 
  originally  genitive  forms  used  adverbially.] 
  Suffixes  denoting  course  or  direction  to  motion  or  tendency 
  toward;  as  in  backward,  or  backwards;  toward,  or  towards, 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ward  \Ward\,  n.  [AS.  weard,  fem.,  guard,  weard,  masc.,  keeper, 
  guard;  akin  to  OS  ward  a  watcher,  warden,  G.  wart,  OHG. 
  wart,  Icel.  v["o]r[eth]r  a  warden,  a  watch,  Goth.  -wards  in 
  da['u]rawards  a  doorkeeper,  and  E.  wary;  cf  OF  warde  guard, 
  from  the  German.  See  {Ware},  a.,  {Wary},  and  cf  {Guard}, 
  1.  The  act  of  guarding;  watch;  guard;  guardianship; 
  specifically,  a  guarding  during  the  day  See  the  Note 
  under  {Watch},  n.,  1. 
  Still  when  she  slept,  he  kept  both  watch  and  ward. 
  2.  One  who  or  that  which  guards;  garrison;  defender; 
  protector;  means  of  guarding;  defense;  protection. 
  For  the  best  ward  of  mine  honor.  --Shak. 
  The  assieged  castle's  ward  Their  steadfast  stands 
  did  mightily  maintain.  --Spenser. 
  For  want  of  other  ward,  He  lifted  up  his  hand,  his 
  front  to  guard.  --Dryden. 
  3.  The  state  of  being  under  guard  or  guardianship; 
  confinement  under  guard;  the  condition  of  a  child  under  a 
  guardian;  custody. 
  And  he  put  them  in  ward  in  the  house  of  the  captain 
  of  the  guard.  --Gen.  xl  3. 
  I  must  attend  his  majesty's  command,  to  whom  I  am 
  now  in  ward.  --Shak. 
  It  is  also  inconvenient,  in  Ireland,  that  the  wards 
  and  marriages  of  gentlemen's  children  should  be  in 
  the  disposal  of  any  of  those  lords.  --Spenser. 
  4.  A  guarding  or  defensive  motion  or  position,  as  in  fencing; 
  guard.  ``Thou  knowest  my  old  ward;  here  I  lay,  and  thus  I 
  bore  my  point.''  --Shak. 
  5.  One  who  or  that  which  is  guarded.  Specifically: 
  a  A  minor  or  person  under  the  care  of  a  guardian;  as  a 
  ward  in  chancery.  ``You  know  our  father's  ward,  the 
  fair  Monimia.''  --Otway. 
  b  A  division  of  a  county.  [Eng.  &  Scot.] 
  c  A  division,  district,  or  quarter  of  a  town  or  city. 
  Throughout  the  trembling  city  placed  a  guard, 
  Dealing  an  equal  share  to  every  ward.  --Dryden. 
  d  A  division  of  a  forest.  [Eng.] 
  e  A  division  of  a  hospital;  as  a  fever  ward. 
  a  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 
  b  A  notch  or  slit  in  a  key  corresponding  to  a  ridge  in 
  the  lock  which  it  fits;  a  ward  notch.  --Knight. 
  The  lock  is  made  .  .  .  more  secure  by  attaching 
  wards  to  the  front,  as  well  as  to  the  back 
  plate  of  the  lock,  in  which  case  the  key  must  be 
  furnished  with  corresponding  notches. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  person  who  is  under  the  protection  or  in  the  custody  of 
  2:  a  district  into  which  a  city  or  town  is  divided  for  the 
  purpose  of  administration  and  elections 
  3:  a  division  of  a  hospital  (or  a  suite  of  rooms)  shared  by 
  patients  who  need  a  similar  kind  of  care  "they  put  her  in 
  a  4-bed  ward"  [syn:  {hospital  ward}] 
  4:  a  division  of  a  prison  (usually  consisting  of  several  cells) 
  [syn:  {cellblock}] 
  v  :  watch  over  or  shield  from  danger  or  harm;  protect;  "guard  my 
  possessions  while  I'm  away"  [syn:  {guard}] 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Ward,  AL 
  Zip  code(s):  36922 
  Ward,  AR  (city,  FIPS  73130) 
  Location:  35.01886  N,  91.95503  W 
  Population  (1990):  1269  (506  housing  units) 
  Area:  8.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  72176 
  Ward,  CO  (town,  FIPS  82735) 
  Location:  40.07250  N,  105.51128  W 
  Population  (1990):  159  (100  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.5  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  80481 
  Ward,  SC  (town,  FIPS  74590) 
  Location:  33.85719  N,  81.73232  W 
  Population  (1990):  132  (59  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  29166 
  Ward,  SD  (town,  FIPS  68660) 
  Location:  44.15536  N,  96.46079  W 
  Population  (1990):  35  (22  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.7  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  57074 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  a  prison  (Gen.  40:3,  4);  a  watch-station  (Isa.  21:8);  a  guard 
  (Neh.  13:30). 

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