from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.
- n. The act, process, or an instance of gerrymandering.
- n. A district or configuration of districts differing widely in size or population because of gerrymandering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To divide a geographic area into voting districts in such a way as to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election.
- v. To draw dividing lines for other types of districts in an unintuitive way to favor a particular group or for other perceived gain.
- n. The act of gerrymandering.
- n. A voting district skewed by gerrymandering.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divide (a State) into districts for the choice of representatives, in an unnatural and unfair way, with a view to give a political party an advantage over its opponent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In United States politics, an arbitrary arrangement of the political divisions of a State, in disregard of the natural or proper boundaries as indicated by geography or position, made so as to give one party an unfair advantage in elections.
- To district, as a State, by the unfair arrangement called a gerrymander; arrange arbitrarily and unfairly, as the boundaries of political divisions, for the sake of partisan advantage in elections.
- To shift and manipulate, as facts, so as to force an agreement with a preconceived notion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. divide unfairly and to one's advantage; of voting districts
- n. an act of gerrymandering (dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage)
After Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander (from the shape of an election district created while Gerry was governor of Massachusetts).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From (Elbridge) Gerry + (sala)mander, from the similarity in shape to a salamander of an electoral district created when Gerry was the governor of Massachusetts (Wiktionary)