(redirected from ward off)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms.
Related to ward off: point out, out of commission, wreak havoc


1 In English history, see hundredhundred,
in English history, a subdivision of a shire, first mentioned in the 10th cent. and surviving as a unit of local government into the 19th cent. It is thought that in origin the hundred comprised 100 geld hides, the geld hide being the basic Anglo-Saxon land unit for
..... Click the link for more information.
. 2 In law, see guardian and wardguardian and ward,
in law. A guardian is someone who by appointment or by relationship has the care of a person or that person's property, or both. The protected individual, known as the ward, is considered legally incapable of acting for himself or herself; examples are a child
..... Click the link for more information.
. 3 In local government, see city governmentcity government,
political administration of urban areas.

The English tradition of incorporating urban units (cities, boroughs, villages, towns) and allowing them freedom in most local matters is general in the United States (see city; local government). The traditional U.
..... Click the link for more information.


1. A metal obstruction in a lock; intended to prevent entrance or rotation of a key that does not fit the lock.
2. The outer defenses of a castle. Also see bailey.
3. A division in a hospital.


1. (in many countries) a district into which a city, town, parish, or other area is divided for administration, election of representatives, etc.
2. a room in a hospital, esp one for patients requiring similar kinds of care
3. one of the divisions of a prison
4. Law
a. a person, esp a minor or one legally incapable of managing his own affairs, placed under the control or protection of a guardian or of a court
b. guardianship, as of a minor or legally incompetent person
5. the state of being under guard or in custody
a. an internal ridge or bar in a lock that prevents an incorrectly cut key from turning
b. a corresponding groove cut in a key


1. Dame Barbara (Mary), Baroness Jackson. 1914--81, British economist, environmentalist, and writer. Her books include Spaceship Earth (1966)
2. Mrs Humphry, married name of Mary Augusta Arnold. 1851--1920, English novelist. Her novels include Robert Elsmere (1888) and The Case of Richard Meynell (1911)
3. Sir Joseph George. 1856--1930, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1906--12; 1928--30)
References in periodicals archive ?
As the followers of this trend asked for banning dancing to ward off evils, the government has culled pigs to prevent flu and the judiciary has revoked the license of a literary magazine merely for one poem it published, which was thought to be unreligious.
I definitely believe that more and more boomers are going to be taking these kind of preventative steps to ward off, or attempt to ward off, dementia.
Paul Taylor, the council's countryside and play officer, said: "Among the events will be apple bobbing and apple tree dressing to ward off evil spirits.
Since the 1940s, most American municipal water supplies have been routinely dosed with fluoride in a grand attempt to ward off tooth decay.
More than 130,000 trees in parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island were injected with pesticides in an attempt to ward off the pests.
A one-inch-thick aerogel slab can shield a delicate flower from a 1,400[degrees]C (2,600[degrees]F) flame and ward off cold better than 15 thermal windowpanes stacked back to back.
Dressed in a black coat and black balaclava to ward off the cold, the Very Rev.
A HERBAL supplement to ward off colds can increase the chance of people developing cold-like symptoms,according to researchers.
Moreover, the mechanisms that have been established to combat current and future crises aren't enough to ward off the danger.
WHAT SILENCE PRINCIPALLY ARMORS US AGAINST is Babel: the endless foolish chatter, words used to confound thought, words misused to ward off friendship or attachments, words as occupation.
D3PA) is out to save the world by recruiting gamers across the nation to ward off enormous, ravaging space invaders in Earth Defense Force 2017, coming exclusively to the Xbox 360[TM] game and entertainment system from Microsoft in March 2007.
Summary: Latur (Maharashtra) [India], June 13 (ANI): In another case of being superstitious, a 17-year-old-girl was made to eat buffalo dung in Maharashtra's Latur to ward off evil spirit.