ward (n.) Old form(s): Wardes, word
[fencing] defensive posture, parrying movement
1H4 I.ii.186[Poins to Prince Hal, of Falstaff] what wards ... he endured
1H4 II.iv.190[Falstaff to Prince Hal] Thou knowest my old ward
TC I.ii.259[Pandarus to Cressida] One knows not at what ward you lie
Tem I.ii.472[Prospero to Ferdinand] Come from thy ward!
TNK V.iii.63[Emilia to herself, of Palamon and Arcite] [they] might / Omit a ward or forfeit an offence / Which craved that very time
WT I.ii.33.1[Hermione to Leontes, of Polixenes] He's beat from his best ward
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