Definitions

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

  • noun A subdivision or district of a city or town under the jurisdiction of or patrolled by a specific unit of its police force.
  • noun The police station situated in and having jurisdiction over such a district.
  • noun An election district of a city or town.
  • noun A place or enclosure marked off by definite limits, such as walls.
  • noun A boundary.
  • noun The neighborhood or surrounding area; the environs.
  • noun An area of thought or action; a province or domain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The exterior line or boundary encompassing a place; bound; limit; boundary line.
  • noun An inclosed or bounded space; an inclosure or a space definitely marked off by boundaries; a peribolus.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A region; a tract.

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

  • noun The limit or exterior line encompassing a place; a boundary; a confine; limit of jurisdiction or authority; -- often in the plural.
  • noun A district within certain boundaries; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division
  • noun U.S. A parish or prescribed territory attached to a church, and taxed for its support.

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

  • noun An enclosed space having defined limits, normally marked by walls.
  • noun UK A pedestrianized and uncovered shopping area.
  • noun US, law enforcement A subdivision of a city under the jurisdiction of a specific group of police; the police station situated in that district.
  • noun 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.

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

  • noun a district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes

Etymologies

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

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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