1. a division or district of a city or town, as for administrative or political purposes.
  2. one of the districts into which certain English and Scottish boroughs are divided.
  3. a division, floor, or room of a hospital for a particular class or group of patients: a convalescent ward; a critical ward.
  4. any of the separate divisions of a prison.
  5. a political subdivision of a parish in Louisiana.
  6. Mormon Church. one of the subdivisions of a stake, presided over by a bishop.
  7. Fortification. an open space within or between the walls of a castle or fortified place: the castle’s lower ward.
  8. Law.
    1. a person, especially a minor, who has been legally placed under the care of a guardian or a court.
    2. the state of being under the care or control of a legal guardian.
    3. guardianship over a minor or some other person legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.
  9. the state of being under restraining guard or in custody.
  10. a person who is under the protection or control of another.
  11. a movement or posture of defense, as in fencing.
  12. a curved ridge of metal inside a lock, forming an obstacle to the passage of a key that does not have a corresponding notch.
  13. the notch or slot in the bit of a key into which such a ridge fits.
  14. the act of keeping guard or protective watch: watch and ward.
  15. Archaic. a company of guards or a garrison.

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