ter·ri·to·ry /ˈtɛrəˌtori, ˌtɔr-/
Ter·ri·to·ry n.; pl. Territories
1. A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.
He looked, and saw wide territory spread
Before him -- towns, and rural works between. --Milton.
2. The extent of land belonging to, or under the dominion of, a prince, state, or other form of government; often, a tract of land lying at a distance from the parent country or from the seat of government; as, the territory of a State; the territories of the East India Company.
3. In the United States, a portion of the country not included within the limits of any State, and not yet admitted as a State into the Union, but organized with a separate legislature, under a Territorial governor and other officers appointed by the President and Senate of the United States. In Canada, a similarly organized portion of the country not yet formed into a Province.
n 1: a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
[syn: district, territorial dominion, dominion]
2: an area of knowledge or interest; "his questions covered a
lot of territory"
3: the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign
state; "American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"