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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.
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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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The children are being cared for by family friend Soraya Walton, who said last night that the decision to make them wards of court would delay the deportation of the parents.
Mia and Aden were made wards of court after their mother breached an Australian legal order to allow their Queensland-based father Damien Burdell to have access to them.
The children are British wards of court but authorities are powerless to act without Mr Ihbasheh's permission because Palestine does not adhere to an international treaty on child abduction.
The local authority, which took the twins into care in January, wants the babies made wards of court.
But Jade, five, and three-year-old Hannah were made wards of court.
At the High Court in London, Mr Justice Hayden made the girls - two aged 15 and three aged 16 - wards of court after fears were raised by Tower Hamlets council.
Campaigner Paul Rowlands, who with his partner Soraya Walton, tried to make the Ahmadi children wards of court, said campaigners would continue their battle in Germany.
A MOTHER held in a detention centre last night told of her children's fears following a decision to make them wards of court pending possible deportation, after a legal battle by the Home Office.