Precinct meaning

prēsĭngkt
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The definition of a precinct is a part of a district or town set aside for police or voting purposes.

The part of a town that is under the control of one particular division of a police department is an example of a precinct.

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The neighborhood or surrounding area; the environs.
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An area in a town closed to motor traffic, as for shopping.
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Any limited area, as of thought.
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A boundary.
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(chiefly in the plural) An enclosed space having defined limits, normally marked by walls.
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(UK) A pedestrianized and uncovered shopping area.
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(US, law enforcement) A subdivision of a city under the jurisdiction of a specific group of police; the police station situated in that district.
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(US) A subdivision of a city or town for the purposes of voting and representation in city or town government. In cities, precincts may be grouped into wards.
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An election district of a city or town.
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An area of thought or action; a province or domain.
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Environs; a neighborhood.
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Origin of precinct

  • Middle English precincte a defined district or area from Medieval Latin praecīnctum from Latin neuter past participle of praecingere to encircle prae- pre- cingere to gird kenk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English early 15th century, in sense of “district for government purposes", from Medieval Latin precinctum, alternative form of praecinctum (“enclosure, boundary line"), neuter singular of praecinctus, perfect passive participle of Latin praecingō (“surround, gird"), from prae (“before") + cingō (“surround, encircle"), from which also cinch.

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to Italian precingere (“to encircle").

    From Wiktionary