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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ward /ˈwɔrd/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 ward /ˈwɔ(ə)rd/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ward n.
 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.   --Spenser.
 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.”
 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.”
 (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.
 6. (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.
    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.   --Tomlinson.
 Ward penny O. Eng. Law,  money paid to the sheriff or castellan for watching and warding a castle.
 Ward staff, a constable's or watchman's staff. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ward v. t. [imp. & p. p. Warded; p. pr. & vb. n. Warding.]
 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.   --Daniel.
    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)

 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. Sidney.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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: block forming 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: English economist and conservationist (1914-1981) [syn: Barbara
         Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth]
      5: English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the
         women's suffrage movement (1851-1920) [syn: Mrs. Humphrey
         Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold Ward]
      6: United States businessman who in 1872 established a
         successful mail-order business (1843-1913) [syn: Montgomery
         Ward, Asron Montgomery Ward]
      7: 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: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    a prison (Gen. 40:3, 4); a watch-station (Isa. 21:8); a guard
    (Neh. 13:30).