- a district, as of a city, marked out for governmental or administrative purposes, or for police protection.
- Also called precinct house. the police station in such a district.
- Also called election district. one of a fixed number of districts, each containing one polling place, into which a city, town, etc., is divided for voting purposes.
- a space or place of definite or understood limits.
- Often precincts. an enclosing boundary or limit.
- precincts, the parts or regions immediately surrounding a place; environs: the precincts of a town.
- Chiefly British. the ground immediately surrounding a church, temple, or the like.
- a walled or otherwise bounded or limited space within which a building or place is situated.
Origin of precinct
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Examples from the Web for precinct
Buses filled with cops from the 84th Precinct, where Liu had worked.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
In an effort to gain early attention, he focused his attention on the Iowa precinct caucuses, which had never mattered much.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Bratton now announced that he was appointing Ramos an honorary chaplain at the 84th Precinct where he was assigned.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Ballinger was at first speechless when asked about the 75 Precinct reception.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC
December 28, 2014
His most recent assignment was the 84th Precinct, at the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
On one of these nights the Captain of the Precinct was present in plain clothes.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
While they hold office, they shall dwell within the precinct of the God.Laws
The temple, it is true, often stood within some sort of precinct, but it was accessible to all.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
Hundreds of precinct meetings were held during the whole summer.
It was not a legal duty, for law had not yet penetrated into the precinct of the Family.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
- an enclosed area or building marked by a fixed boundary such as a wall
- such a boundary
- an area in a town, often closed to traffic, that is designed or reserved for a particular purposea shopping precinct; pedestrian precinct
- a district of a city for administrative or police purposes
- the police responsible for such a district
- US a polling or electoral district
Word Origin and History for precinct
c.1400, prasaynt (mid-15c. as precincte), "district defined for purposes of government or representation," from Medieval Latin precinctum "enclosure, boundary line," noun use of neuter past participle of Latin praecingere "to gird about, surround," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + cingere "to surround, encircle" (see cinch (v.)).