District attorney
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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