American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
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. These subdivisions in Nebraska and Oregon are called
precincts. In California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, and Nevada they are called election precincts. The counties of Texas are each divided into four commissioners' precincts, also into from four to eight justices' precincts, and into from four to eleven election precincts. Some of the counties of Kentucky are divided into voting precincts. In colonial Massachusetts a precinct was a part set off from a town and made independent of it in respect to some matters of local administration, but not in respect to choosing a representative to the General Court.
- n. A region; a tract.
- n. An enclosed space having defined limits, normally marked by walls.
- n. UK A pedestrianized and uncovered shopping area.
- n. US, law enforcement A subdivision of a city under the jurisdiction of a specific group of police; the police station situated in that district.
- n. US 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. U.S. A parish or prescribed territory attached to a church, and taxed for its support.
- n. a district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes
- 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)
- 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)
“So, here's a question for writers reading this blog: what do you understand by the term precinct drama?”
“Many people offer it even if its not necessary - the essence of each precinct is that its local so after a bit you get to know and recognize many of your electors.”
“Governor RICK PERRY (Republican, Texas): All across the country, in precinct after precinct, the wave of dissatisfaction has been building for nearly two years, and it crested tonight.”
“Hollin Hall precinct is heavy Dem. just over 1000 votes cast.”
“Her right to continue, despite losing in every category, ends the second that the final precinct is count.”
“Those delegates are pledged to individual candidates based on participation that begins in precinct caucuses on election night and ends in senatorial district caucuses at the state convention.”
“That said, my precinct is (Obama endorser) Adrian Fenty's old district, and I doubt if it'll be real close.”
“The most important of these sounds was the bell rung in the Mass to signify the elevation of the Host. 44 When Adelheit of Ossingen, who seems to have been the guest mistress at St. Katharinenthal, was called to the kitchen during Mass to oversee the food for the monastery's guests, she cut through a snow-covered area (whether this was the inner cloister or somewhere in the outer precinct is unclear).”
“Over 90% of our precinct is in one council member's district but a few are in two others.”
“I called a precinct person over and she told me that only “official” write-ins were allowed.”
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