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  Dictionary Definition of ward

1. a division or district of a municipality, city or town, as for administrative or representative purposes.
2. a division of a hospital or the like, as for a particular class of patients: a convalescent ward.
3. each of the separate divisions of a prison.
4. Fortifications an open space within walls, or between lines of walls, of a castle or fortified place: the castle's lower ward.
5. Law a. a person, especially a minor, who has been legally placed under the care or control of a legal guardian. b. the state of being under the care or control of a legal guardian. c. guardianship over a minor or some other person legally incapable of managing their own affairs.
6. the state of being under restraining guard or in custody.
7. one who is under the protection or control of another.
8. a movement or posture of defence, as in fencing.
9. a curved ridge of metal inside a lock, forming an obstacle to the passage of a key which does not have a corresponding notch.
10. the notch or slot in the bit of a key, into which such a ridge fits.
11. the act of keeping guard or protective watch: watch and ward.
-- verb (t)
12. to place in a ward, as of a hospital.
13. Archaic. to guard.
-- phrase
14. ward off, to avert, repel, or turn aside, as danger, an attack, assailant, etc.: to ward off a blow.
[ME; OE weardian, G warten. See GUARD, verb ]
-- wardless, adjective
1. Artemus ( Charles Farrar Browne ), 1834--67, US humorist.
2. Edward John (' Eddie '), 1899--1963, Australian Labor party politician; held federal seat of East Sydney 1931--63.
3. Frederick (' Captain Thunderbolt '), 1835--70, Australian bushranger, active in NSW.
4. Mrs Humphry ( Mary Augusta Arnold ), 1851--1920, English novelist, born in Australia.
5. Sir Joseph George, 1856--1930, NZ Liberal Party (later United Party) politician, born in Australia; prime minister of NZ 1906--12, 1928--30.
6. Russel Braddock, 1914--95, Australian historian; best known work is The Australian Legend (1958).