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ward.

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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ward

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.

ward

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
6. 
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

Ward

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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Ward's beard brushed his face as the teeth went in for the grip on his throat.
Ward was saying, and Dave noted that his face and eyes were cruel and gloating and proud.
Ward was forty years of age, a successful business man, and very unhappy.
James Ward then concluded the performance by giving a song that always irresistibly rushed to his lips when he was engaged in fierce struggling or fighting.
After the satisfaction of his nights, a morning's sleep, and a breakfast of Lee Sing's, James Ward crossed the bay to San Francisco on a midday ferryboat and went to the club and on to his office, as normal and conventional a man of business as could be found in the city.
Thus it was that James Ward made a fresh and heroic effort to control the Teutonic barbarian that was half of him.
One rip of the beast's claws had dragged away Ward's pajama-coat and streaked his flesh with blood.
Ward, the San Francisco business man, but one, unnamed and unknown, a crude, rude savage creature who, by some freak of chance, lived again after thrice a thousand years.
His guests rushed to possess him and acclaim him, but James Ward, suddenly looking out of the eyes of the early Teuton, saw the fair frail Twentieth Century girl he loved, and felt something snap in his brain.
And thereupon he entered into a long technical and historical explanation of the earnings and dividends of Ward Valley from the day of its organization.
The time passed quickly; when Miss Ward sent for him to take off her skates there was a general groan and declaration that it could not possibly be half-past eight o'clock yet.
When the door was opened, he saw Miss Ward standing behind the maid who admitted him.