Dis·trict a. Rigorous; stringent; harsh. [Obs.]
Punishing with the rod of district severity. --Foxe.
1. Feudal Law The territory within which the lord has the power of coercing and punishing.
2. A division of territory; a defined portion of a state, town, or city, etc., made for administrative, electoral, or other purposes; as, a congressional district, judicial district, land district, school district, etc.
To exercise exclusive legislation . . . over such district not exceeding ten miles square. --The Constitution of the United States.
3. Any portion of territory of undefined extent; a region; a country; a tract.
These districts which between the tropics lie. --Blackstone.
Congressional district. See under Congressional.
District attorney, the prosecuting officer of a district or district court.
District court, a subordinate municipal, state, or United States tribunal, having jurisdiction in certain cases within a judicial district.
District judge, one who presides over a district court.
District school, a public school for the children within a school district. [U.S.]
Syn: -- Division; circuit; quarter; province; tract; region; country.
Dis·trict, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Districted; p. pr. & vb. n. Districting.] To divide into districts or limited portions of territory; as, legislatures district States for the choice of representatives.
n : a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
[syn: territory, territorial dominion, dominion]
v : regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns [syn: zone]