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.
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How to use precinct in a sentence
There are decisions that need to be made if we want to move away from the traditional neighborhood precinct model that we have now.
Whether or not America believes in rising sea levels pivots based on a few precincts in Pittsburgh.
Navalny’s suffering combined with his relentless exposure of corruption—something Putin’s own lieutenants have described as a pathology eating away at the nation—have won him admirers in the unlikeliest precincts of Russia’s vast demography.Alexey Navalny Is Succeeding Where Putin's Other Opponents Have Failed. Why? | Michael Weiss | January 27, 2021 | Time
Until August 2019, Sacramento had been categorizing certain complaints as mere “inquiries” to be resolved informally at the precinct or watch level.Why Complaints Against the Sheriff’s Department Are Surging | Jesse Marx | December 22, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
In interviews, current and former officers said overtime pay was a significant driver of their arrests, which are made by vice and by neighborhood precincts.New York Lawmakers Demand NYPD Halt Undercover Sex Trade Stings | by Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan | December 16, 2020 | ProPublica
Buses filled with cops from the 84th precinct, where Liu had worked.
In an effort to gain early attention, he focused his attention on the Iowa precinct caucuses, which had never mattered much.
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 | Michael Daly | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ballinger was at first speechless when asked about the 75 precinct reception.Protesters Demand Justice For Gurley As Gap Grows Between Cops and NYC | M.L. Nestel | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His most recent assignment was the 84th precinct, at the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Now to live in this sacred precinct, as every one in Radnor knows, gives an immediate claim to distinction.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
But the oldest gods of all, says Pausanias repeatedly, were rude stones in the temple or the temple precinct.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 | Andrew Lang
The democratic party finds in him a stanch supporter of its principles and he is now serving as chairman of his precinct.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2) | William Denison Lyman
Soon the captain of the precinct arrived, called his man off, and ordered my driver released.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail | Ezra Meeker
The biographers as a rule have agreed that Lincoln received all of the votes cast in the New Salem precinct except three.
British Dictionary definitions for precinct
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 purpose: a 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
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