noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin praecinctum, from Latin, neuter of praecinctus, past participle of praecingere to gird, encircle, from prae- pre- + cingere to gird — more at cincture Date: 15th century 1. a part of a territory with definite bounds or functions often established for administrative purposes ; district: as a. a subdivision of a county, town, city, or ward for election purposes b. a division of a city for police control 2. a. an enclosure bounded by the walls of a building — often used in plural b. a sphere of thought, action, or influence — often used in plural 3. a. plural the region immediately surrounding a place ; environs b. place, locale 4. boundary — often used in plural <
a ruined tower within the precincts of the squire's grounds — T. L. Peacock

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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