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 for District
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  District \Dis"trict\, a. [L. districtus, p. p.]
     Rigorous; stringent; harsh. [Obs.]
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           Punishing with the rod of district severity. --Foxe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  District \Dis"trict\, n. [LL. districtus district, fr. L.
     districtus, p. p. of distringere: cf. F. district. See
     1. (Feudal Law) The territory within which the lord has the
        power of coercing and punishing.
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     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.
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              To exercise exclusive legislation . . . over such
              district not exceeding ten miles square. --The
                                                    of the United
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     3. Any portion of territory of undefined extent; a region; a
        country; a tract.
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              These districts which between the tropics lie.
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     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;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  District \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
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
           [syn: district, territory, territorial dominion,
      v 1: regulate housing in; of certain areas of towns [syn:
           zone, district]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  117 Moby Thesaurus words for "district":
     Kreis, abode, airspace, apportion, archbishopric, archdiocese,
     area, arrondissement, bailiwick, bearings, belt, bench mark,
     bishopric, borough, canton, city, commune, community, confines,
     congressional district, constablewick, continental shelf, corridor,
     country, county, cut up, departement, department, diocese, divide,
     divide up, division, divvy, divvy up, duchy, electoral district,
     electorate, emplacement, environs, government, ground, hamlet,
     heartland, hinterland, hole, hundred, land, latitude and longitude,
     lieu, locale, locality, location, locus, magistracy, metropolis,
     metropolitan area, milieu, neighborhood, oblast, offshore rights,
     okrug, parcel, parcel out, parish, part, partition, parts,
     pinpoint, place, placement, point, portion, position, precinct,
     precincts, premises, principality, province, purlieus, quarter,
     region, riding, salient, section, sector, segment, sheriffalty,
     sheriffwick, shire, shrievalty, site, situation, situs, soil, soke,
     space, split, split up, spot, stake, state, stead, subdivide,
     terrain, territory, three-mile limit, town, township,
     twelve-mile limit, vicinage, vicinity, village, wapentake, ward,
     whereabout, whereabouts, zone

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DISTRICT. A certain portion of the country, separated from the rest for some 
  special purposes. The United States are divided into judicial districts, in 
  each of which is established a district court; they are also divided into 
  election districts; collection districts, &c. 

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