a an area of land marked off for administrative or other purposes
b (as modifier)
2 a locality separated by geographical attributes; region
3 any subdivision of any territory, region, etc.
4 (in England from 1974 and in Wales 1974--96) any of the subdivisions of the nonmetropolitan counties that elects a council responsible for local planning, housing, rates, etc.
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5 (in Scotland until 1975) a landward division of a county
6 (in Scotland 1975--96) any of the subdivisions of the regions that elected a council responsible for environmental health services, housing, etc.
7 any of the 26 areas into which Northern Ireland has been divided since 1973. Elected district councils are responsible for environmental health services etc.
8 tr to divide into districts (C17: from Medieval Latin districtus area of jurisdiction, from Latin distringere to stretch out; see distrain)
n (in the U.S.) an electoral division of a state, entitled to send one member to the U.S. House of Representatives
n (in the U.S.) the state prosecuting officer in a specified judicial district
1 (in Scotland) a court of summary jurisdiction held by a stipendiary magistrate or one or more justices of the peace to deal with minor criminal offences
a a federal trial court serving a federal judicial district
b (in some states) a court having general jurisdiction in a state judicial district
3 (in Australia and New Zealand) a court lower than a high court, (Former name)
district court judge
n (Austral. and N.Z) a judge presiding over a lower court, (Former name)
district high school
n (N.Z) a school in a rural area that includes primary and post-primary classes
n (in Britain) a nurse employed within the National Health Service to attend patients in a particular area, usually by visiting them in their own homes
District of Columbia
n a federal district of the eastern U.S., coextensive with the federal capital, Washington. Pop.: 528964 (1997 est.). Area: 178 sq. km (69 sq. miles), (Abbrevs.)
D.C (with zip code) DC
federal district , territory
n an area used as the seat of central government in a federal system
n a region of lakes and mountains in NW England, in Cumbria: includes England's largest lake (Windermere) and highest mountain (Scafell Pike); national park; literary associations (the Lake Poets); tourist region, (Also called)
n (during World War II) the code name for a unit of U.S. army engineers established in 1942 to produce the atomic bomb in secret, (Also called)
n any of the districts making up the metropolitan counties of England: since 1986 they have functioned as unitary authorities, forming the sole principal tier of local government. Each metropolitan district has an elected council responsible for education, social services, etc.
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n a region of N central England, mainly in N Derbyshire at the S end of the Pennines: consists of moors in the north and a central limestone plateau; many caves. Highest point: 727 m (2088 ft.)
n (in England and Wales from 1888 to 1974 and Northern Ireland from 1898 to 1973) a rural division of a county
1 (in England and Wales from 1888 to 1974 and Northern Ireland from 1898 to 1973) an urban division of an administrative county with an elected council in charge of housing and environmental services: usually made up of one or more thickly populated areas but lacking a borough charter
2 (in the Republic of Ireland) any of 49 medium-sized towns with their own elected councils