• WordNet 3.6
    • n province the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation "his state is in the deep south"
    • n province the proper sphere or extent of your activities "it was his province to take care of himself"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Canadian province of New Brunswick had a bloodless war with the US state of Maine in 1839
    • Province A country or region dependent on a distant authority; a portion of an empire or state, esp. one remote from the capital. "Kingdoms and provinces ."
    • Province (Roman Hist) A country or region, more or less remote from the city of Rome, brought under the Roman government; a conquered country beyond the limits of Italy.
    • Province A region of country; a tract; a district. "Over many a tract
      of heaven they marched, and many a province wide."
      "Other provinces of the intellectual world."
    • Province A region under the supervision or direction of any special person; the district or division of a country, especially an ecclesiastical division, over which one has jurisdiction; as, the province of Canterbury, or that in which the archbishop of Canterbury exercises ecclesiastical authority.
    • Province Specif.: Any political division of the Dominion of Canada, having a governor, a local legislature, and representation in the Dominion parliament. Hence, colloquially, The Provinces, the Dominion of Canada.
    • Province The proper or appropriate business or duty of a person or body; office; charge; jurisdiction; sphere. "The woman's province is to be careful in her economy, and chaste in her affection."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a town named Dildo in the province of Newfoundland, Canada
    • n province Originally, a country of considerable extent which, being reduced under Roman dominion, was remodeled, subjected to the rule of a governor sent from Rome, and charged with such taxes and contributions as the Romans saw fit to impose. The earliest Roman province was Sicily.
    • n province An administrative division of a country: as, the provinces of Spain; the former provinces of France; more loosely, any important administrative unit, as one of the governments of Russia or of the crownlands of Austria.
    • n province A part of a country or state as distinguished from the capital or the larger cities; the country: usually in the plural: as, an actor who is starring in the provinces.
    • n province Eccles., the territory within which an arch bishop or a metropolitan exercises jurisdiction: as, the province of Canterbury; the province of Illinois.
    • n province In the Roman Catholic Church, one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order, as of the Franciscans, or of the Propaganda.
    • n province A region of country; a tract; a large extent.
    • n province The proper duty, office, or business of a person; sphere of action; function.
    • n province A division in any department of knowledge or activity; a department.
    • n province In zoology, a prime division of animals; a phylum; a subkingdom; a branch; a type: as, in Owen's classification, the four provinces — Vertebrate., Articulata, Mollusca, and Radiata. The prime divisions of a province are called subprovinces.
    • n province In zoögeog., a subregion; a faunal area less extensive than a region. Thus, the Nearctic or North American region is zoologically divided into the eastern, middle, and western provinces.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest railway in the world is the Trans-Siberian Railway or Trans-Siberian Railroad, built 1891-1916, a network of railways connecting European Russia with Russian Far East provinces. It is 9,288.2 kilometres (5,787 miles) long and spans 8 time zones.
    • n Province prov′ins a portion of an empire or a state marked off for purposes of government: a part of a country as distinguished from the capital: the district over which a governor or an archbishop has jurisdiction: a region: a business or duty: a person's business or calling: a department of knowledge
    • n Province an inhabitant of a province or country district:
    • n Province (R.C.) the superintendent of the heads of the religious houses in a province
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  • John C. Lilly
    John C. Lilly
    “In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.”
  • (Frederick II) Frederick The Great
    “If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “Work is the province of cattle.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. provincia,; prob. fr. pro, before, for + the root of vincere, to conquer. See Victor


In literature:

Europe into this Province, to settle themselves in bodys or Townships, That all such as shall so remove into this Province.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
In the province of Bai, the province of San Pablo de los Montes, which has in charge 2,600 souls.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
Wilmot's ambition was to become a public man and to assist in the reformation of the constitution of his native province.
"Wilmot and Tilley" by James Hannay
The Franklins belonged to a few families who hoped to find in the province freedom of thought.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The regiment of Ashfeld converted the whole province of Poitou in a month.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
His first expedition led him across the provinces of Hauran and Jaulan, situated to the S.E.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
There are but few reptiles in the Province, and those are harmless.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
Accordingly it was settled that the great province should remain Prussian.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The disaster of Nancy naturally provoked a strong reaction in the Belgian provinces.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
Each province is peopled by its own race of trees; in the country each village has one sect; but the large cities contain a mixed population.
"Niels Klim's journey under the ground" by Baron Ludvig Holberg
The province of Cilicia, which exults in the river Cydnus, is ornamented by Tarsus, a city of great magnificence.
"The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus" by Ammianus Marcellinus
The others were provinces of Rome, and the rest were outlying barbaric people, hardly as yet fit to be Roman provinces.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
No wool or woollen product might be carried from one province to another.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
It is important, as serving to support the Province of Holland against the other Provinces, all devoted to the Court.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
The War of 1812 furnished another startling proof of the isolated and defenceless position of the provinces.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
Cortes found the whole province of Panuco in a terrible state of rebellion.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
The fear of his name sped like wildfire throughout every province and district in the Sudan.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
Economically the missions were the blood and life of the province.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
There was a sudden outbreak of military ardor in the province.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The second son, Wilhelm, who was president of the province of Prussia, died in 1901.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various

In poetry:

So it happens with the poets:
Every province hath its own;
Camaralzaman is famous
Where Badoura is unknown.
"Vox Populi. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is a woman's province, then,
To be content with what has been?
To wear the wreath of withered flowers,
That crowned her in the bridal hours?
""I Love You, But A Sense Of Pain"" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Her train was form'd of Smiles and Loves;
Her chariot drawn by gentlest doves;
And from her zone, the nymph may find
'Tis Beauty's province to be kind.
"The Attribute of Venus" by William Shenstone
For thee, Cloud, -- if thou spend thine all
Upon the South's o'er-brimming sea
That needs thee not; or crawl
To the dry provinces, and fall
Till every convert clod shall give to thee
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier
Though 'twas to me the woman was betrothed
On whom the chiefs of the fair province smile,
To shed thy blood my spirit would have loathed
East, west, or north, or south of all the isle.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
But for him it was his last afternoon as himself,
An afternoon of nurses and rumours;
The provinces of his body revolted,
The squares of his mind were empty,
Silence invaded the suburbs,
The current of his feeling failed; he became his admirers.
"In Memory Of W.B. Yeats" by W H Auden

In news:

Rights activists have accused Syrian security forces of massacring as many as 200 villagers in the central Hama province.
CAN-CON will provide equipment and support to all Canadian provinces.
Has named CAN-CON Equipment its official dealer covering all Canadian provinces.
Today's suicide bombings in Syria's Idlib province come just three days after a suicide bombing in Damascus claimed by a salafi jihadist organization.
5, 2012: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Head of Karachayevo-Cherkessia province Rashid Temrezov in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.
On Friday, a police station in Kano province was attacked.
It is part of their larger and even longer contest over the disputed province of Kashmir.
Syrian rebels strengthen hold on oil-rich province.
Free Syrian Army fighters hold up their weapons in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, as seen from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province.
Our Gina DiPietro stopped by the province this afternoon for an update.
Anna's Hummingbirds head east: 11 birds were found in 10 eastern states and provinces this winter.
This picture taken on November 20, 2012 shows former NBA player Tracy McGrady (R) of the Qingdao Eagles throwing a basketball to fans during a match in Qingdao, south China's Shandong province.
Getty Images Files, The Province.
Rescuers race to move thousands of residents trapped in floods across Manila and nearby provinces.
Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistan's Punjab Province, was seen widely as one of the country's most important political figures.

In science:

The situation exhibits a perfect symmetry that runders us imobile as along as we stick with the provinces of Einstein’s Philosophy of Relativity.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
The research was partially supported by the NSF of Liaoning Province of China.
A Simple Proof of a Conjecture of Simion
The data were normalised, and binary encoding was applied to the categorical data of race and province, since these variables are not ordinal, and this may lead to problems for the learning paradigms .
Evaluating the Impact of Missing Data Imputation through the use of the Random Forest Algorithm
They do not f und Antarctic science, however, for that is the province of nations, acting either individually or collaboratively.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Hefei, Anhui Province: China Science and Technology University Press, 1991 (in Chinese). Jin Xianbin, Feng Gaokun, Lu Guifang.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
This work was supported by the open fund of State Key Laboratory of Information Security , the Natural Science Fund of Shandong Province (No.
Linear Complexity of Ding-Helleseth Generalized Cyclotomic Binary Sequences of Any Order
Depending on the country, there can be a single, centralized access point or multiple access points of a country’s (groups of) regions, provinces, states, etc.
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
Research at the Perimeter Institute is supported in part by the Government of Canada through NSERC and by the Province of Ontario through MEDT.
Testing Parity with Atomic Radiative Capture of $\mu^-$
Tianyuan Fund with grant Number 10226002 and the Natural Science Foundation of Educational Committee of Henan Province with grant Number 2000110010. †Supported in part by fund from the National Natural Science Foundation of China with grant Number 90103004.
Two-Loop Superstrings in Hyperelliptic Language I: the Main Results
Systems of negative entropy appear to lie outside the province of statistical mechanics as is currently formulated [81, 86].
Relic gravitational waves in the expanding Universe
This research has been supported by grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Formation des Chercheurs et Aide à la Recherche program of the province of Québec to EFB.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements
There is nothing wrong with phenomenological models of inflation, but they are not the real province of M-theory cosmology.
M Theory and Cosmology
This are the two primary sorts of practical design science know in human history. Today pattern design science is the exclusive province of the software industry.
Ten Incredibly Dangerous Software Ideas
Research at PI is supported in part by the Government of Canada through NSERC and by the Province of Ontario through MEDT.
Disordered locality in loop quantum gravity states
This paper is supported by Society Key Research Foundation of Zhejiang Province University (Statistics of Zhejiang Gongshang University) and key discipline of Zhejiang Province (key discipline of Statistics of Zhejiang Gongshang University).
Law of iterated logarithm for NA sequences with non-identical distributions