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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
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. 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
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. 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.
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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)
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Home Office Ministers won a legal fight to keep the children - aged just six and four - under lock and key at the Harmondsworth detention centre, near Heathrow, despite the fact that the two youngsters had been made wards of court following an earlier hearing.
THE children of an Afghan couple facing deportation were yesterday made wards of court, their supporters said.
But social workers took the babies into custody soon after and they are now wards of court.
Both boys were the subject of child protection plans and both were wards of court, lawyers said.
Mr Justice Hayden, who made five girls wards of court, said four went to Bethnal Green Academy in East London, where Kadiza Sultana, 16, Shamima Begum, 15, and Amira Abase, 15, were pupils.
Mia and Aden were made wards of court after their mother breached an Australian legal order allowing their Queensland-based father Damien Burdell to have access to them.
They have been made British wards of court, but the order cannot be enforced because the Palestinian authorities do not recognise the relevant law.
Farid Ahmadi and his wife, Feriba, tried taking refuge in a mosque, having their two children made wards of court and even claiming mental instability in a bid to stay here.
After the family launched an 11th hour application to the High Court, Mr Justice Bennett ruled that the children as wards of court must be released.