Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A particular neighborhood, place, or district.
  • noun The fact or quality of having position in space.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In phytogeography, the approximate geographic position of an individual specimen: less definite than. station.
  • noun In psychology, a phrase loosely formed on the analogy of ‘sense of space,’ ‘sense of time,’ etc., to denote the power of cutaneous localization, that is, of referring a cutaneous stimulus to the area of the skin to which it is applied.
  • noun The condition of being in a place; position or situation in general; the immediate relation of an object to a place.
  • noun Any part of space; a situation; position; particularly, a geographical place or situation: as, a healthy locality; the locality of a mineral, plant, or animal. Compare habitat, 2.
  • noun Legal restriction as to place or location.
  • noun In phrenology, the faculty to which is ascribed the power of remembering the details of places and the location of objects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state, or condition, of belonging to a definite place, or of being contained within definite limits.
  • noun Position; situation; a place; a spot; esp., a geographical place or situation, as of a mineral or plant.
  • noun Limitation to a county, district, or place.
  • noun (Phren.) The perceptive faculty concerned with the ability to remember the relative positions of places.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The fact or quality of having a position in space.
  • noun pl. The features or surroundings of a particular place.
  • noun The situation or position of an object.
  • noun An area or district considered as the site of certain activities; a neighbourhood.
  • noun Limitation to a county, district, or place.
  • noun dated The perceptive faculty concerned with the ability to remember the relative positions of places.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a surrounding or nearby region

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French localité, from Late Latin locālitās, from locālis, local; see local.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin localitas.

Examples

  • After all, Howe noted, "Dr. Holmes himself maintained that 'identification with a locality is a surer passport to immortality than cosmopolitanism is.'"

    Birthplace of a Magazine

  • After all, Howe noted, "Dr. Holmes himself maintained that 'identification with a locality is a surer passport to immortality than cosmopolitanism is.'"

    Birthplace of a Magazine

  • He could tell to a dot the average wage or salary earned by the householders of any locality, and he made it a point of thoroughness to know every locality from the waterfront slums to the aristocratic Lake

    THE PRODIGAL FATHER

  • The locality is not far from the site of the present Sale aerodrome.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Relativistic locality is the domain of actuality, while potentialities have careers in space-time (if that word is appropriate) which modify and even violate the restrictions that space-time structure imposes upon actual events.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Because of the limitations of the software, this locality is using their own software to manage their lists, which is certainly understandable.

    Waldo Jaquith - Virginia Democratic list management software.

  • “I wonder to what extent the turnout in each locality is an indicator of the relative effectiveness and strength of the party apparatus”.

    Waldo Jaquith - Recentered Democratic primary turnout figures.

  • I wonder to what extent the turnout in each locality is an indicator of the relative effectiveness and strength of the party apparatus in each locality.

    Waldo Jaquith - Recentered Democratic primary turnout figures.

  • The "Tropical Valley" has been associated with their names since they entered the locality from the Yukon side in 1924.

    The Trail of '35

  • (This locality is still discernible through the arches of the Bloor Street Viaduct.)

    Old Toronto

Comments

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  • By “locality,” we mean the idea that the number of things that can affect you is limited by the number of things that are close to you.
    Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson, We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe (Riverhead Books: New York, 2017), p. 175

    May 6, 2018