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Webster 1913 Edition


District

Dis′trict

,
Adj.
[L.
districtus
, p. p.]
Rigorous; stringent; harsh.
[Obs.]
Punishing with the rod of
district
severity.
Foxe.

Dis′trict

,
Noun.
[LL.
districtus
district, fr. L.
districtus
, p. p. of
distringere
: cf. F.
district
. See
Distrain
.]
1.
(Feudal Law)
The territory within which the lord has the power of coercing and punishing.
2.
A division of territory; a defined portion of a state, town, or city, etc., made for administrative, electoral, or other purposes;
as, a congressional
district
, judicial
district
, land
district
, school
district
, etc.
To exercise exclusive legislation . . . over such
district
not exceeding ten miles square.
The Constitution of the United States.
3.
Any portion of territory of undefined extent; a region; a country; a tract.
These
districts
which between the tropics lie.
Blackstone.
Syn. – Division; circuit; quarter; province; tract; region; country.

Dis′trict

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Districted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Districting
.]
To divide into districts or limited portions of territory;
as, legislatures
district
States for the choice of representatives
.

Webster 1828 Edition


District

DISTRICT

,
Noun.
[L., to press hard, to bind. See Distrain.]
1.
Properly, a limited extent of country; a circuit within which power, right or authority may be exercised, and to which it is restrained; a word applicable to any portion of land or country, or to any part of a city or town, which is defined by law or agreement. A governor, a prefect, or a judge may have his district. Some of the states are divided into districts for the choice of senators, representatives or electors. Cities and towns are divided into districts for various purposes, as for school, &c. The United States are divided into districts for the collection of the revenue.
2.
A region; a territory within given lines; as the district of the earth which lies between the tropics, or that which is north of a polar circle.
3.
A region; a country; a portion of territory without very definite limits; as the districts of Russia covered by forest.

DISTRICT

,
Verb.
T.
To divide into districts or limited portions of territory. Legislatures district states for the choice of senators. In New England, towns are districted for the purpose of establishing and managing schools.

Definition 2022


District

District

See also: district

English

Proper noun

District

  1. (with determiner, informal) The District of Columbia, the federal district of the United States.
  2. (with determiner, mostly local usage) Any of numerous governmental districts.
  3. The District Line of the London Underground, originally known as the District Railway.

district

district

See also: District

English

Noun

district (plural districts)

  1. An administrative division of an area.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
      I understand that the district was considered a sort of sanctuary, the Chief was saying. An Alsatia like the ancient one behind the Strand, or the Saffron Hill before the First World War. []
    the Soho district of London
  2. An area or region marked by some distinguishing feature.
    the Lake District in Cumbria
  3. (Britain) An administrative division of a county without the status of a borough.
    South Oxfordshire District Council

Derived terms

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Translations

Verb

district (third-person singular simple present districts, present participle districting, simple past and past participle districted)

  1. (transitive) To divide into administrative or other districts.

Derived terms

Translations

Adjective

district (comparative more district, superlative most district)

  1. (obsolete) rigorous; stringent; harsh
    • Foxe
      punishing with the rod of district severity

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: dis‧trict

Etymology

Borrowing from French district, from Medieval Latin districtus (a district within which the lord may distrain, also jurisdiction), from Latin districtus, past participle of distringō, distringere (draw asunder, compel, distrain), from dis- (apart) + stringō, stringere (draw tight, strain).

Noun

district n (plural districten, diminutive districtje n)

  1. district

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dis.tʁikt/

Noun

district m (plural districts)

  1. district

Norman

Etymology

Borrowing from French district, from Medieval Latin districtus (a district within which the lord may distrain, also jurisdiction), from Latin districtus, past participle of distringō, distringere (draw asunder, compel, distrain), from dis- (apart) + stringō, stringere (draw tight, strain).

Noun

district m (plural districts)

  1. (Jersey) district