• WordNet 3.6
    • n precinct a district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Michael Myers, the villain of the Halloween movies, is named after a real person. When Assault on Precinct 13 performed better than expected in England, director John Carpenter decided to thank the English distributor by naming the main character of his next movie after him.
    • Precinct A district within certain boundaries; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division; as, an election precinct; a school precinct.
    • Precinct A parish or prescribed territory attached to a church, and taxed for its support. "The parish, or precinct , shall proceed to a new choice."
    • Precinct The limit or exterior line encompassing a place; a boundary; a confine; limit of jurisdiction or authority; -- often in the plural; as, the precincts of a state. "The precincts of light."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n precinct The exterior line or boundary encompassing a place; bound; limit; boundary line.
    • n precinct An inclosed or bounded space; an inclosure or a space definitely marked off by boundaries; a peribolus.
    • n precinct A district within certain boundaries and under certain jurisdiction; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division: as, a police precinct; in several of the United States, the principal subdivision of the county, corresponding generally to the township in other States. These subdivisions in Nebraska and Oregon are called precincts. In California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, and Nevada they are called election precincts. The counties of Texas are each divided into four commissioners' precincts, also into from four to eight justices' precincts, and into from four to eleven election precincts. Some of the counties of Kentucky are divided into voting precincts. In colonial Massachusetts a precinct was a part set off from a town and made independent of it in respect to some matters of local administration, but not in respect to choosing a representative to the General Court.
    • n precinct A region; a tract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Precinct prē′singkt limit or boundary of a place: a district or division within certain boundaries: limit of jurisdiction or authority.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. praecinctum, fr. L. praecingere, praecinctum, to gird about, to encompass; prae, before + cingere, to gird, surround. See Pre-, and Cincture
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præcinctus, pa.p. of præcingĕrepræ, before, cingĕre, to gird.


In literature:

He grew calm in these calm precincts.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3" by Various
The Republican Committee had given Mr. Forbes a table showing what the vote of each precinct should be, according to their canvass.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work" by Edith Van Dyne
When you enter the royal precinct, you run a considerable amount of risk of losing your way.
"Corea or Cho-sen" by A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
In 397 Honorius has to pass an edict forbidding the wearing of German fashions within the precincts of Rome.
"Medieval People" by Eileen Edna Power
When the logging interests were active the place had quite a population, had its own post-office and was an election precinct.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
And ah walked 50 mile to vote for Gen'l Grant at Vaughn's precinct.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Meanwhile warriors were searching all the precincts of the camp for the destined victim.
"Alfgar the Dane or the Second Chronicle of Aescendune" by A. D. Crake
If they cross the bridge and approach the precincts of the West End, what is to become of carriage-folk?
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, May 16, 1891" by Various
Nor will Quendritha see any one, or let her attendants pass from her bower and its precincts.
"A King's Comrade" by Charles Whistler
The biographers as a rule have agreed that Lincoln received all of the votes cast in the New Salem precinct except three.
"McClure's Magazine, January, 1896, Vol. VI. No. 2" by Various

In poetry:

These chosen precincts, set apart
For learned toil and holy shrines,
Yield willing homes to every art
That trains, or strengthens, or refines.
"For The Dedication Of The New City Library, Boston" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
He read the warrant: "These convey
From our precincts; at every town on the way
Give each ten lashes." "God judge the brute!
I tread his order under my foot!
"How The Women Went From Dover" by John Greenleaf Whittier
One wicked servant fixes oft a stain
On many, who deserve a good report :
Let not thou such, beneath thy roof, remain,
Nor tread the precincts of thy hallow'd court.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
For who to dumb Forgetfulness a prey,
This pleasing anxious being e'er resign'd,
Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day,
Nor cast one longing, ling'ring look behind?
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
Poor little place, where its one priest comes
On a festa-day, if he comes at all,
To the dozen folk from their scattered homes,
Gathered within that precinct small
By the dozen ways one roams—-
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Within the precincts of a hospital,
I wandered in a sympathetic mood;
Where face to face with wormwood and with gall,
With wrecks of pain and stern vicissitude,
The eye unused to human misery
Might view life's undercurrent vividly.
"Life's Undercurrent." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Commander of the 50th Precinct Capt.
But he trails Yoho by 829 votes with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.
Patrol cops return to SE Precinct but not yet west of 39th .
Marchione is leading Andrews with 47% of the vote with 74% of the precincts reporting.
Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Charles Susano visits the voting precinct Thursday at the Deane Hill Recreation Center.
With the equipment debacles in the voting precincts, people were still waiting in the lines to vote while the media was announcing the winners/losers.
Precinct 1B at Liberty-Eylau's Bender Elementary.
Elmer residents up in arms over the loss of their voting precinct.
Lindsay Lohan (with jacket over her head) leaving NYPD's 10th precinct following her arrest in New York.
At midnight two of four of the city's precincts were reporting and Mark Cross said he waited until morning to learn the final results.
245 of 245 precincts reporting (100%) Katcho Achadjian -- 61% (Predicted winner) Gerry Manata -- 39.
437 of 437 precincts reporting (100%) Das Williams -- 59% (Predicted winner) Rob Walter -- 41.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Hayes received 2,133 votes to Galluzzo's 1,053 votes.
Nikki Haley votes at home precinct.
TSPLOST vote leads 54 to 46 percent with results needed from nine precincts.