District Dis"trict, n. [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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

To exercise exclusive legislation . . . over such district not exceeding ten miles square. --The Constitution of the United States. [1913 Webster]

3. Any portion of territory of undefined extent; a region; a country; a tract. [1913 Webster]

These districts which between the tropics lie. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

{Congressional district}. See under {Congressional}.

{District attorney}, the prosecuting officer of a district or district court.

{District court}, a subordinate municipal, state, or United States tribunal, having jurisdiction in certain cases within a judicial district.

{District judge}, one who presides over a district court.

{District school}, a public school for the children within a school district. [U.S.]

Syn: Division; circuit; quarter; province; tract; region; country. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • district — [ distrikt ] n. m. • 1421; bas lat. districtus « territoire », de distringere 1 ♦ Hist. Circonscription territoriale d une juridiction. Un juge ne peut juger hors de son district. 2 ♦ (1789) Hist. Subdivision de département établie par la loi du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • district — dis·trict n: a territorial division (as of a nation, state, county, or city) for administrative, judicial, electoral, or other purposes: as a: an administrative unit esp. of a town or city established for the performance of a special governmental …   Law dictionary

  • district — DISTRÍCT, districte, s.n. Unitate administrativ teritorială din unele ţări, care cuprinde fie capitala ţării şi împrejurimile ei, fie un teritoriu care are o populaţie cu compoziţie naţională omogenă. – Din fr. district, lat. districtus. Trimis… …   Dicționar Român

  • District —   [ dɪstrɪkt, englisch, di strikt, französisch] der, s/ s, im angloamerikanischen und französischen Recht allgemeiner Verwaltungs und Gerichtsbezirk; in den USA u. a. der Bezirk des Gerichts unterster Instanz (District court); in Großbritannien… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • district — UK US /ˈdɪstrɪkt/ noun [C] ► one of the areas into which a country, state, city, etc. is divided, usually for government or business purposes: financial/business/shopping district »His office is located in the city’s financial district. »district …   Financial and business terms

  • district — district; in·ter·district; in·tra·district; re·district; …   English syllables

  • district — 1610s, territory under the jurisdiction of a lord or officer, from Fr. district (16c.), from M.L. districtus restraining of offenders, jurisdiction, then under the feudal system area of jurisdiction, properly the pp. of L. distringere hinder,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • district — [dis′trikt] n. [Fr < ML districtus, orig., control; hence in feudal law, a territory within which a lord had jurisdiction < L: see DISTRESS] 1. a geographical or political division made for a specific purpose [a school district] 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • District — Dis trict, v. 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • District — Dis trict, a. [L. districtus, p. p.] Rigorous; stringent; harsh. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Punishing with the rod of district severity. Foxe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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