from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A subdivision or district of a city or town under the jurisdiction of or patrolled by a specific unit of its police force.
- n. The police station situated in and having jurisdiction over such a district.
- n. An election district of a city or town.
- n. A place or enclosure marked off by definite limits, such as walls. Often used in the plural: the mysterious precincts of the old monastery.
- n. A boundary: Hunting is not allowed within the precincts of the estate.
- n. The neighborhood or surrounding area; the environs.
- n. An area of thought or action; a province or domain. Often used in the plural: "It was in these spacious precincts that Dryden's imagination was most at home” ( Mark Van Doren).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An enclosed space having defined limits, normally marked by walls.
- n. A pedestrianized and uncovered shopping area.
- n. A subdivision of a city under the jurisdiction of a specific group of police; the police station situated in that district.
- n. A subdivision of a city or town for the purposes of voting and representation in city or town government. In cities, precincts may be grouped into wards.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The limit or exterior line encompassing a place; a boundary; a confine; limit of jurisdiction or authority; -- often in the plural.
- n. A district within certain boundaries; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division
- n. A parish or prescribed territory attached to a church, and taxed for its support.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The exterior line or boundary encompassing a place; bound; limit; boundary line.
- n. An inclosed or bounded space; an inclosure or a space definitely marked off by boundaries; a peribolus.
- n. A district within certain boundaries and under certain jurisdiction; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division: as, a police precinct; in several of the United States, the principal subdivision of the county, corresponding generally to the township in other States.
- n. A region; a tract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes
Middle English precincte, a defined district or area, from Medieval Latin praecīnctum, from Latin, neuter past participle of praecingere, to encircle : prae-, pre- + cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English early 15th century, in sense of “district for government purposes”, from Medieval Latin precinctum, alternative form of praecinctum ("enclosure, boundary line"), neuter singular of praecinctus, perfect passive participle of Latin praecingō ("surround, gird"), from prae ("before") + cingō ("surround, encircle"), from which also cinch. (Wiktionary)