territory
noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin territorium, literally, land around a town, from terra land — more at terrace Date: 14th century 1. a. a geographic area belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a governmental authority b. an administrative subdivision of a country c. a part of the United States not included within any state but organized with a separate legislature d. a geographic area (as a colonial possession) dependent on an external government but having some degree of autonomy 2. a. an indeterminate geographic area b. a field of knowledge or interest 3. a. an assigned area; especially one in which a sales representative or distributor operates b. an area often including a nesting or denning site and a variable foraging range that is occupied and defended by an animal or group of animals

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  • territory — ter‧ri‧to‧ry [ˈtertri ǁ tɔːri] noun territories PLURALFORM 1. [countable, uncountable] MARKETING an area which is the responsibility of a particular salesperson: • His sales force s territory comprises Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin …   Financial and business terms

  • territory — ter·ri·to·ry / ter ə ˌtōr ē/ n pl ries 1: a geographical area belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a governmental authority 2: a political subdivision of a country 3: a part of the U.S. (as Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands) not included… …   Law dictionary

  • Territory — Ter ri*to*ry, n.; pl. {Territories}. [L. territorium, from terra the earth: cf. F. territoire. See {Terrace}.] 1. A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district. [1913 Webster] He looked, and saw wide territory spread Before him …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • territory — [ter′ə tôr΄ē] n. pl. territories [ME < L territorium < terra,TERRA] 1. the land and waters under the jurisdiction of a nation, state, ruler, etc. 2. a part of a country or empire that does not have the full status of a principal division;… …   English World dictionary

  • Territory — (engl., d.i. Gebiet), die officielle Bezeichnung eines innerhalb der Grenzen der Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika gelegenen, durch Congreßacte abgegrenzten Landesgebietes, welches nochnicht die zur Bildung eines eigenen Staates erforderliche… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • territory — ► NOUN (pl. territories) 1) an area under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state. 2) (Territory) an organized division of a country not having the full rights of a state. 3) an area defended by an animal against others of the same sex or species.… …   English terms dictionary

  • territory — (n.) early 15c., land under the jurisdiction of a town, state, etc., probably from L. territorium land around a town, domain, district, from terra earth, land (see TERRAIN (Cf. terrain)) + orium, suffix denoting place (see ORY (Cf. ory)). An… …   Etymology dictionary

  • territory — *domain, province, *field, sphere, bailiwick Analogous words: region, tract, *area, zone, belt: limits, confines, bounds (see singular nouns at LIMIT) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • territory — [n] domain, region area, belt, block, boundary, colony, commonwealth, country, district, dominion, empire, enclave, exclave, expanse, extent, field, land, mandate, nation, neck of the woods*, neighborhood, province, quarter, section, sector,… …   New thesaurus

  • territory —    by Kylie Message   In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari privilege ideas of spatiality (evidenced by the privileged term of plateau ) and the geographies and cartographies of movement, presenting these as an informal antidote to history …   The Deleuze dictionary

  • territory —    by Kylie Message   In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari privilege ideas of spatiality (evidenced by the privileged term of plateau ) and the geographies and cartographies of movement, presenting these as an informal antidote to history …   The Deleuze dictionary

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