/ wɔːrd /
ETYM AS. weard, fem., guard, weard, masc., keeper, guard.
1. A district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections.
2. A division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care; SYN. hospital ward.
3. A person who is under the protection or in the custody of another.