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- H4931 Used 3 times
WARD, in composition, as in toward, homeward, is the Saxon weard, from the root of Latin
WARD, verb transitive
1. To guard; to deep in safety; to watch.
Whose gates he found fast shut, he living wight to ward the same--
[In this sense, ward is obsolete, as we have adopted the French of the same word, to guard. We now never apply ward to the thing to be defended, but always to the thing against which it is to be defended. We ward off a blow or dagger, and we guard a person or place.]
2. To defend; to protect.
Tell him it was a hand that warded him from thousand dangers. [Obs. See the remark, supra.]
3. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside any thing mischievous that approaches.
Now wards a falling blow, now strikes again.
The pointed javlin warded off his rage.
It instructs the scholar in the various methods of warding off the force of objections.
[This is the present use of ward To ward off is now the more general expression, nor can I, with Johnson, think it less elegant.]
WARD, verb intransitive
1. To be vigilant; to keep guard.
2. To act on the defensive with a weapon.
She drove the stranger to no other shift, than to ward and go back.
And on their warding arms light bucklers bear.
1. Watch; act of guarding.
Still when she slept, he kept both watch and ward
2. Garrison; troops to defend a fort; as small wards left in forts. [Not in use.]
3. Guard made by a weapon in fencing.
For want of other ward he lifted up his hand his front to guard.
4. A fortress; a strong hold.
5. One whose business is to guard, watch and defend; as a fire-ward.
6. A certain district, division or quarter of a town or city, committed to an alderman. There are twenty six wards in London.
7. Custody; confinement under guard. Pharaoh put his butler and baker in ward Genesis 40:3.
8. A minor or person under the care of a guardian. See Blackstones chapter on the rights and duties of guardian and ward
9. The state of a child under a guardian.
I must attend his majestys commands, to whom I am now in ward
10. Guardianship; right over orphans.
It is convenient in Ireland, that the wards and marriages of gentlemens children should be in the disposal of any of those lords.
11. The division of a forest.
12. The division of a hospital.
13. A part of a lock which corresponds to its proper key.
WARDED, participle passive Guarded.
WARDED off, prevented from attacking or injuring.
1. A keeper; a guardian.
2. An officer who keeps or guards; a keeper; as the warden of the fleet or fleet prison.
3. A large pear.
WARDEN of the cinque ports, in England, an officer or magistrate who has the jurisdiction of a port or haven. There are five such ports.
WARDEN of a university, is the master or president.
1. A keeper; a guard.
The warders of the gate.
2. A trunchion by which an officer of arms forbad fight.
WARDERs of the tower, officers who attend state prisoners.
WARDMOTE, noun In law, a court held in each ward in London.
1. A room or apartment where clothes or wearing apparel is kept.
2. Wearing apparel in general.
WARD-ROOM, noun [ward and room.] In a ship, a room over the gun-room, where the lieutenants and other principal officers sleep and mess.
1. Guardianship; care and protection of a ward.
2. Right of guardianship.
WARDSHIP is incident to tenure in socage.
3. Pupilage; state of being under a guardian.
WARD-STAFF, noun A constables or watchmans staff.