3. A privy. [Obs.] Chaucer.
1. (Naut.) A room occupied as a messroom by the commissioned officers of a war vessel. See Gunroom.
2. A room used by the citizens of a city ward, for meetings, political caucuses, elections, etc. [U. S.]
(-wards) See -ward.
1. The office of a ward or keeper; care and protection of a ward; guardianship; right of guardianship.
Wardship is incident to tenure in socage.Blackstone.
2. The state of begin under a guardian; pupilage.
It was the wisest act . . . in my wardship.B. Jonson.
(Wards"man) n.; pl. Wardsmen A man who keeps ward; a guard. [R.] Sydney Smith.
(Ware) obs. imp. of Wear. Wore.
(Ware), v. t. (Naut.) To wear, or veer. See Wear.
Ware goose (Zoöl.), the brant; so called because it feeds on ware, or seaweed. [Prov. Eng.]
(Ware), n. [AS. war.] (Bot.) Seaweed. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
(Ware), n. [OE. ware, AS. waru; akin to D. waar, G. waare, Icel. & Sw. vara, Dan. vare; and
probably to E. worth, a. See Worth, a.] Articles of merchandise; the sum of articles of a particular
kind or class; style or class of manufactures; especially, in the plural, goods; commodities; merchandise.
"Retails his wares at wakes." Shak. "To chaffer with them and eke to sell them their ware." Chaucer.
It the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it
of them on the Sabbath, or on the holy day.Neh. x. 31.
Although originally and properly a collective noun, it admits of a plural form, when articles of merchandise
of different kinds are meant. It is often used in composition; as in hardware, glassware, tinware, etc.
(Ware), a. [OE. war, AS. wær. &radic142. See Wary.] A ware; taking notice; hence, wary; cautious; on
one's guard. See Beware. [Obs.]
She was ware and knew it bet [better] than he.Chaucer.
Of whom be thou ware also.2. Tim. iv. 15.
He is ware enough; he is wily and circumspect for stirring up any sedition.Latimer.
The only good that grows of passed fearSpenser.
Is to be wise, and ware of like again.
(Ware), n. [AS. waru caution.] The state of being ware or aware; heed. [Obs.] Wyclif.