- 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 precincts
In those two precincts, Cochran received a net decrease of 54 votes from 2008.How Thad Cochran Pulled Off a Win Over Chris McDaniel (Simple, Really)
June 30, 2014
With more than 95 percent of precincts reporting, Lankford held a resounding 57.5 percent to 34.3 percent lead over Shannon.Tea Party Darling T.W. Shannon Crashes to Oklahoma Senate Primary Defeat
June 25, 2014
With more than 88 percent of precincts reporting, Hanna clung to a six-point lead.Rockefeller Republicans Surge in New York Primaries
June 25, 2014
Americans even segregate politically, leading to 90-10 voting patterns in thousands of precincts.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’
June 23, 2014
In most precincts, a candidate needs to get the support of 15 percent of caucus goers in that precinct.Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Likely To Flop Against Hillary In Iowa
May 16, 2014
It was almost as if they had entirely vanished from the precincts of the valley.The Law-Breakers
At a particular election 3,000 persons vote in five of the precincts.The Electoral Votes of 1876
David Dudley Field
For the rest, he rarely if ever left the precincts of his home.Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
T. Hall Caine
Here the trail was not so good as in the precincts of the village.The Hound From The North
Just as it might be it could learn something from us; and since it was here in our precincts, it had got to learn.The Prisoner
- the surrounding region or area
- 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 precincts
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.)).