• WordNet 3.6
    • n shire British breed of large heavy draft horse
    • n shire a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of feudal rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to Sheriff.
    • Shire A division of a State, embracing several contiguous townships; a county. "The Tyne, Tees, Humber, Wash, Yare, Stour, and Thames separate the counties of Northumberland, Durham, York shire , Lincoln shire , etc."
    • Shire A portion of Great Britain originally under the supervision of an earl; a territorial division, usually identical with a county, but sometimes limited to a smaller district; as, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Richmondshire, Hallamshire . "An indefinite number of these hundreds make up a county or shire ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shire A share; a portion.
    • n shire Originally, a division of the kingdom of England under the jurisdiction of an ealdorman, whose authority was intrusted to the sheriff (‘shire-reeve’), on whom the government ultimately devolved; also, in Anglo-Saxon use, in general, a district, province, diocese, or parish; in later and present use, one of the larger divisions into which Great Britain is parted out for political and administrative purposes; a county. Some smaller districts in the north of England retain the provincial appellation of shire, as Richmond- shire, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and Hallam shire, or the manor of Hallam, in the West Riding, which is nearly coextensive with the parish of Sheffield. See knight of the shire, under knight.
    • n shire A shire-moot. See the quotation under shire-day.
    • shire An obsolete form of sheer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shire shīr shir (in county-names), a county, one of the larger divisions of England for political purposes—originally a division of the kingdom under a sheriff, the deputy of the ealdorman: a term also surviving as applied to certain smaller districts in England, as Richmondshire and Hallamshire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. scīre, scīr, a division, province, county. Cf. Sheriff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scir, scire, a county, sciran, a secondary form of sceran, to cut off.


In literature:

She had the development of an Amazon and the fresh face of a girl from the shires of England.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
The men composing this unit were from Inverness-shire, Skye, and the Outer Islands.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
This is an old, aristocratic village, the shire-town of Loudon County.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
The rooms were named Devonshire, Somerset, Norfolk, respectively, for the shires of Old England.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
One aunt as said lived in H...shire, a widow; her son, my cousin Fred, was preparing for the Army.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
In Ross-shire, Scotland, there is an immense mountain gorge.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
The Ross-shire Buffs' slogan I'll wager Will survive many stories much sager.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, April 5, 1890" by Various
The Ross-shire story is fuller, and somewhat different in its details.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
It developed into one of the original Virginia shires in 1634.
"The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624" by Charles E. Hatch
In London, but perhaps more especially in "the shires," his face was well known and liked.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various

In poetry:

Such a care as held unharmed
the tree within the fire;
spread wings like those that led
Tobias in the dangerous shire.
"Bunhill’s Fields" by Anne Ridler
I shall desire and I shall find
The best of my desires;
The autumn road, the mellow wind
That soothes the darkening shires.
And laughter, and inn-fires.
"The Chilterns" by Rupert Brooke
O and swift the answers came:
Nought of faltering, nought of shame
As they spake their hearts' desire, —
Wealth and power,
A fortune for a dower,
Or the half of a shire.
"The Crown Of Gold" by Cicely Fox Smith
Earl Harold came to his castle wall;
The gate was burnt with fire;
Roof and rafter were fallen down,
The folk were strangers all in the town,
And strangers all in the shire.
"The Weird Lady" by Charles Kingsley
O now a low ruin'd white shed I discern,
Untiled and unglazed, I believe 'tis a barn.
A barn! why you have rave; 'tis a house for a 'squire, A justice of peace, or a knight of our shire.
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"Down-Hall. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
For you came out on the dome of the earth
Like a vision of victory,
Out on the great green dome of the earth
As the great blue dome of the sky for girth,
And under your feet the shires could meet
And your eyes went out to sea.
"On The Downs" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

Shire will provide Pervasis with an up-front payment plus milestone fees linked to Shire 's achievement of certain clinical development, regulatory, and sales targets.
Stevenson University Buys Shire Drug Plant In Owings Mills.
Stevenson University buys Shire drug plant in Owings Mills.
Lighthouse Learning and Shire .
MMM > News > Business Briefs > Company news: Lighthouse Learning and Shire .
Shire 's Lialda receives FDA approval.
PHILADELPHIA — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Shire for treating ulcerative colitis, the British drug maker said Monday.
The Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Eleanor F Shire .
The musical ministry of Don Shires will be offered at 6 pm Nov 14 for Sunday Night Lite at Oak Hill Church in Humboldt.
The Shires live in northern Wisconsin, across the street from Silver Birch Ranch, a Christian camping ministry they have been involved with since 1980.
Shire said 99.18% of Movetis' shares had been tendered as of Monday.
And, if you ask Shire , that's just what she got.
Shire announced an FDA approval for Intuniv (guanfacine) Extended Release Tablets yesterday, and is preparing consumer advertising efforts for a November.
MMM > News > Shire prepares marketing efforts for Intuniv.
From Stuy Town to Speyer Shire .