Webster 1913 Edition
districtus, p. p.]
Rigorous; stringent; harsh.
Punishing with the rod of
districtusdistrict, fr. L.
districtus, p. p. of
distringere: cf. F.
The territory within which the lord has the power of coercing and punishing.
A division of territory; a defined portion of a state, town, or city, etc., made for administrative, electoral, or other purposes;
as, a congressional
To exercise exclusive legislation . . . over such
districtnot exceeding ten miles square.
The Constitution of the United States.
Any portion of territory of undefined extent; a region; a country; a tract.
districtswhich between the tropics lie.
Syn. – Division; circuit; quarter; province; tract; region; country.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To divide into districts or limited portions of territory;
districtStates for the choice of representatives
Webster 1828 Edition
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.