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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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Lastly, while partisan ward committees are less likely to hold accountable municipal leadership from the same party (in Msunduzi's case, ANC aligned ward committees), those aligned to other parties or to the agendas of other parties may aid accountability in reinforcing party competition at the municipal level.
Ward, who is 49, succeeds Nick Prettejohn, who left Lloyd's at the end of last year to head the U.
A decade later, Haithcock's ward is one of the fastest-developing parts of the city, and she has become a reliable Daley vote in council meetings.
Certainly [the aldermen] don't want to piss off an organization that is in their ward and might give them some bad press.
In the Introduction, Ward says people kept telling her that no reliable sources of information about Marie Laveau were available.
If there is a trend or development," Ward says, "it is probably safe to say that C&D recyclers are recognizing that one machine can't do everything, and they are becoming more receptive to investing in a combination of primary and secondary equipment.
Arguing that an important event such as the Olympics should not be entrusted to corporate types, the article forecast that the already beleaguered USOC would continue its troubled ways since Ward also had a corporate background and no Olympic experience, Ward wondered how the press could make such a damning conclusion without meeting him.
All healthcare workers working in SARS wards followed the same infection control measures, wearing a N-95 respirator, eye shield, disposable cap, water-resistant gown, and gloves.
Ward, who wrote this book to give people a genuine view of the Middle East, interweaves his observations with a thorough sense of history and world politics.
It was unclear if the fatal shot was fired intentionally or if the gun discharged accidentally when Ward cradled it in his arm while calling 911.
The council's existing ward system was introduced in 1980 and has been widely criticised for being outdated and imbalanced.