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-ward

-ward, -wards (Also<
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Etymology
AS. -weard, -weardes; akin to OS. & OFries. -ward. OHG. -wert, G. -wärts, Icel. -verthr, Goth. -vaírÞs, L. vertere to turn, versus toward, and E. worth to become. *143. See Worth. v. i., and cf. Verse. Adverbs ending in -wards (AS. -weardes) and some other adverbs, such as besides, betimes, since (OE. sithens). etc., were originally genitive forms used adverbially.
Definitions
  1. Suffixes denoting course or direction to; motion or tendency toward; as in backward, or backwards; toward, or towards, etc.
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-wards

-wards
Definitions
  1. See -ward.
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aaron montgomery ward

  • noun United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913)
    Ward; Aaron Montgomery Ward.
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artemus ward

  • noun United States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867)
    Charles Farrar Browne; Browne.
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barbara ward

  • noun English economist and conservationist (1914-1981)
    Ward; Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth.
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bridge-ward

Bridge"-ward` noun
Definitions
  1. A bridge keeper; a warden or a guard for a bridge. Obs. Sir W. Scott.
  2. The principal ward of a key. Knight.
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Casualty ward

  • A ward in a hospital devoted to the treatment of injuries received by accident.
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City ward

  • a watchman, or the collective watchmen, of a city. Obs.
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conservator-ward relation

  • noun the responsibility of a conservator to act in the best interests of the ward
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henry ward beecher

  • noun United States clergyman who was a leader for the abolition of slavery (1813-1887)
    Beecher.
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hospital ward

  • noun block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care
    ward.
    • they put her in a 4-bed ward
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julia ward howe

  • noun United States feminist who was active in the women's suffrage movement (1819-1910)
    Howe.
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march-ward

March"-ward` noun
Definitions
  1. A warden of the marches; a marcher.
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mary augusta arnold ward

  • noun English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920)
    Mary Augusta Arnold Ward; Ward.
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maternity ward

  • noun a hospital ward that provides care for women during pregnancy and childbirth and for newborn infants
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montgomery ward

  • noun United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913)
    Ward; Aaron Montgomery Ward.
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mrs. humphrey ward

  • noun English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920)
    Mary Augusta Arnold Ward; Ward.
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ward off

  • verb prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
    stave off; avert; debar; avoid; deflect; obviate; head off; forefend; fend off; forfend.
    • Let's avoid a confrontation
    • head off a confrontation
    • avert a strike
  • verb avert, turn away, or repel
    • Ward off danger
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Ward penny

  • (O. Eng. Law), money paid to the sheriff or castellan for watching and warding a castle.
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Ward staff

  • a constable's or watchman's staff. Obs.
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ward-corn

Ward"-corn` noun
Etymology
Ward + F. corne horn, L. cornu.
Definitions
  1. (O. Eng. Law) The duty of keeping watch and ward (see the Note under Watch, n., 1) with a horn to be blown upon any occasion of surprise. Burrill.
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ward-heeler

  • noun a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
    hack; political hack; machine politician.
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Watch and ward

  • (Law), the charge or care of certain officers to keep a watch by night and a guard by day in towns, cities, and other districts, for the preservation of the public peace. Wharton. Burrill.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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