county

Definitions

  • Map of the County of Surrey
    Map of the County of Surrey
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n county (United Kingdom) a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government "the county has a population of 12,345 people"
    • n county (United States) the largest administrative district within a state "the county plans to build a new road"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Winter Logging Camp. Itasco County, Minnesota Winter Logging Camp. Itasco County, Minnesota
A Load of Logs. Flathead County, Montana A Load of Logs. Flathead County, Montana
Steam Skidder at Work. Grant County, Arkansas Steam Skidder at Work. Grant County, Arkansas
Log Train, Humboldt County, California Log Train, Humboldt County, California
COUNTY COURT HOUSE, GORHAM STREET, 1860 COUNTY COURT HOUSE, GORHAM STREET, 1860
The Old Greene County Game The Old Greene County Game
COUNTY RESIDENCE OF JAMES SMITH COUNTY RESIDENCE OF JAMES SMITH

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bourbon whiskey gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where local distillers developed the drink around 1800.
    • County A circuit or particular portion of a state or kingdom, separated from the rest of the territory, for certain purposes in the administration of justice and public affairs; -- called also a shire. See Shire. "Every county , every town, every family, was in agitation."
    • County A count; an earl or lord.
    • County An earldom; the domain of a count or earl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep in Logan County, Colorado.
    • n county Originally, the domain or territory of a count or earl.
    • n county Now, a definite division of a country or state for political or administrative purposes. In the United States the county is the political unit next below the State (except in Louisiana, which has an analogous division into parishes). Each county has, generally speaking, one or more courts, a sheriff, treasurer, clerk, and various officials engaged in the administration of justice, etc. The number of counties varies greatly in the different States. England has 40 counties (the greater number of which are also called shires), Wales 12, Scotland 33, and Ireland 32. An English county has a lord lieutenant, a custos rotulorum or keeper of records, a sheriff, and other officials. Certain larger British cities are counties in themselves, or counties corporate. Abbreviated Co. or co.
    • n county Collectively, the inhabitants of a county.
    • county Of or pertaining to a county: as, county families; county society.
    • n county A count; an earl or lord.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kitsap County, Washington, was originally called Slaughter County, nicely: the first hotel there was called The Slaughter House.
    • County a portion of a country separated for the administration of justice: a shire
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. comté, fr. LL. comitatus,. See Count
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. conte—L. comes, comitis, a companion, con, with, īre, itum, to go.

Usage

In literature:

Harrisonburg is the county-seat of Rockingham county, which was formed from Augusta in 1778.
"Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia" by Carrie Hunter Willis
Other localities are known in counties Tyrone, Meath and Louth, also in Lambay Island.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
Came into camp late at night near the county seat of Jackson County.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
William Moss served as Clerk of the County Court for 32 years, until 1833.
"Green Spring Farm" by Ross Netherton
In the early spring of 1861 I was seventeen years old and going to school about half a mile from my home in Loudoun county, Virginia.
"From Bull Run to Appomattox" by Luther W. Hopkins
Trinity County: head of Bear Creek, 6400 ft., 4; head of Grizzly Creek, 6000 ft., 6.
"The Subspecies of the Mountain Chickadee" by Joseph Grinnell
Many communities in these ten bordering counties are influenced by the migration of population from the Eighteen Counties.
"Six Thousand Country Churches" by Charles Otis Gill
Probably Ludlow Cave, along with the several abandoned coal mines in the county, serves as a hibernaculum for some species of bats.
"Mammals of Northwestern South Dakota" by Kenneth W. Andersen
Mr. Braxton was then sheriff of the county and could not serve in the House.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Mr. Nelson was one of the early settlers in this county, moving here at an early date from Washington County, New York State.
"Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper" by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
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In poetry:

It fills our penitent'ry walls,
It runs the county farms;
It overflows the prison stalls,
With all its death-like charms.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The girl who once had cow-men
And clod-hoppers at her feet!
Even the Squire had got off his horse
To show her his County seat!
"Limehouse Liz (Of Lambeth)" by T W Connor
This is the way they get their start,
The county farms will get their part,
Then we hear mother's broken heart.
Where is my boy?
"Where are the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Ye'er welcome, leddies, ane and a',
Ye'er welcome to our County Ha';
Sae weel ye look when buskit braw,
To grace our County Meeting!
"The County Meeting" by Carolina Oliphant
An', gentlemen, ye'er welcome, too,
In waistcoats white and tartan too,
Gae seek a partner, mak' yere bow,
Syne dance our County Meeting.
"The County Meeting" by Carolina Oliphant
He once told a tale of hittin' the trail,
A-huntin' new ranges to ride;
They'd hung up a bounty in Yavapai County
For whoever could bring in his hide.
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Members of the Kanawha County Recycling Task Force are looking at programs in other counties and other states for ideas that might help them revive the county's crippled recycling program.
SALEM — The Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders is seeking public input from county residents to help develop a long term strategic plan for the county.
After Columbia County tested the technology in 2009 on Washington Road, Richmond County followed by installing the signals on Washington from the John C Calhoun Expressway to the county line.
Two fires in Oconee County were intentionally set, according to Oconee County Emergency Services and the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.
The Moore County Board of Commissioners has chosen county Tax Administrator Wayne Vest as its interim county manager.
Dixie County officials say the " John Doe " who filed the complaint against the ten commandments monument in front of the Dixie County Courthouse, doesn't even live in Dixie County.
A joint investigation by the Humboldt County sheriff's office and the Pocahontas County sheriff's office has led to the arrest of three area residents, according to information provided by Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger.
Lauderdale County officials say they were surprised about a lawsuit that was filed against the county, the two county youth court judges, the city of Meridian and state of Mississippi.
County supervisors have agreed to study a partnership with the agency that runs the Del Mar Fairgrounds that could give the county some say in the fairgrounds' operations, but not subject the county to any financial liability .
Mifflin County Library and Juniata County Library both partner with Centre County Regional Libraries to offer the "Central Pennsylvania Libraries Downloadable Media" eLibrary.
In Licking county Tim Bubb received 49,992 votes for the county commissioner seat, defeating James Snedden Jr In other Licking county candidate news, Bryan Long defeated Doug Moreland 43,739 to 26,208 for the recorder seat.
County youth who intend, or are interested in showing livestock at the 2013 Pushmataha County Junior Livestock Show must have those animals at the Pushmataha County Fairgrounds in Antlers on Thursday, Dec 13, between 2:00 and 6:00 PM.
Wyoming County clerk "Bugs" Stover pedaled his mountain bike from Wyoming County to Charleston to attend today's "Healthy Counties" conference.
County Executive Greg Edwards, George Spanos, director of Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities, and William Daley, director of Chautauqua County's Industrial Development Agency, recentl.
Hazard mitigation funds that other Missouri counties did not follow through on could help Phelps County replace low-water crossings on certain eligible county roads.
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In science:

Kalasu (see Fig 4) is located in the Tajik Autonomous County of Taxkorgan, on the Xinjiang Pamirs of China at an elevation of 4450 m.
Testing and Data Reduction of the Chinese Small Telescope Array (CSTAR) for Dome A, Antarctica
This picture was taken at Kalasu in the Tajik Autonomous County of Taxkorgan, Xinjiang Pamirs of China.
Testing and Data Reduction of the Chinese Small Telescope Array (CSTAR) for Dome A, Antarctica
We take the location data as the first 2 digits of the census tracts in each county; so each location is identified by “county id + 2-digit tract id”.
Differentially Private Publication of Sparse Data
Exhalation, sedimentation and sulphur isotope geochemistry of the Silvermines Zn + Pb + Ba deposits, County Tipperary, Ireland: Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Glasgow, U.K., University of Strathclyde, 354 p.).
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
The data may be aggregated at county levels (USA) or reported at an elementary polling unit when no aggregation is performed (Venezuela).
Quick Anomaly Detection by the Newcomb--Benford Law, with Applications to Electoral Processes Data from the USA, Puerto Rico and Venezuela
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