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ward sb. (4 the commonest sense in S.)
1. guard, protection LLL. III. i. 139.
2. “in ,” in the position of a ward, under (a person's) guardianship All'sW. I. i. 6.
3. “go to ward,” be placed in custody 2H6 V. i. 112.
4. guard in fencing, posture of defence Tp. I. ii. 468 “come from thy ward,” 1H4 II. iv. 219; fig. Wiv. II. ii. 262 “drive her then from the ward of her purity,” Troil. I. ii. 286.
5. bar, bolt Tim. III. iii. 38 “Doors, that were ne'er acquainted with their wards,” Lucr. 303 “The locks . . . Each one . . . retires his ward.”
6. cell in a prison Meas. IV. iii. 69, Ham. II. ii. 256 “in which” [prison] “there are many confines, wards, and dungeons”; fig. Meas. V. i. 10, Sonn. xlviii. 4.
7. ‘a portion of the City committed to the especiall charge of one of the 24 Aldermen of the city’ (Cowell's Interpreter) Meas. II. i. 288, 1H4 III. iii. 129.
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