ward

A ward is a group of rooms or a section in a hospital or prison; in a hospital, different wards deal with different needs, like the psychiatric ward or maternity ward.

Although ward is most often used in connection with hospitals and prisons, cities and towns can also be broken into wards. These are usually geographic areas that are used in elections: city council members often represent wards of the city. A ward is also the name given to a child who is watched over by someone other than his parents. Sometimes children are known as "wards of the state," meaning they have been taken from their homes.

Definitions of ward
  1. noun
    a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another
  2. noun
    a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections
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    type of:
    administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
    a district defined for administrative purposes
  3. noun
    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
    synonyms: hospital ward
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    types:
    detox
    the hospital ward or clinic in which patients are detoxified
    maternity ward
    a hospital ward that provides care for women during pregnancy and childbirth and for newborn infants
    type of:
    block
    housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
  4. noun
    a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)
    synonyms: cellblock
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    types:
    death house, death row
    the cellblock in a prison where those condemned to death await execution
    type of:
    block
    housing in a large building that is divided into separate units
  5. verb
    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect
    synonyms: guard
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    types:
    shepherd
    watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
    type of:
    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
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