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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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ANGIE Lee, a nurse in the children's accident ward at Reading's Royal Berkshire Hospital, has set up the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust after caring for so many youngsters with head injuries.
Yousef Tahat told Petra that the health ministry had conducted a study to rehabilitate the old emergency and accident ward to accommodate the steadily rising numbers of wounded Syrians.
BEHIND THE SCENES...Women hand-press garments in the Whitley Hospital laundry in 1966; TOP OF THE CLASS...Nurses celebrate after breaking the record for the number of passes at Coventry Orthopaedic Nursing School in 1974; AT WORK AND PLAY...(Clockwise, from top left) surgeons at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, in 1992 follow an operation by watching the television screen; dressed as a man from space, the senior consultant operates on the turkey in the accident ward at Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital on Christmas Day, 1962; the Big D show at Radio Walsgrave in 1972 consisted of 1 1/2 hours of patients' requests; nurses at Keresley Hospital check up on wards and patients in the 1960s.