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 — 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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  • DISTRICT — s. m. T. de Pratique ancienne. Étendue de juridiction. Un juge ne peut juger hors de son district. Fig. et fam., Cela n est pas de mon district, Cela n est pas de ma compétence, il ne m appartient pas d en connaître. DISTRICT, s est dit aussi de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • district — I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: French, from Medieval Latin districtus jurisdiction, district, from distringere to distrain more at distrain Date: 1611 1. a. a territorial division (as for administrative or electoral purposes) b. the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • DISTRICT — n. m. Dans l’ancienne France, étendue de juridiction. Un juge ne peut juger hors de son district. Il s’est dit aussi de Chacune des divisions principales d’un département. Chef lieu de district. On dit aujourd’hui ARRONDISSEMENT. Il se dit… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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