precincts


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pre·cinct

 (prē′sĭngkt′)
n.
1.
a. A subdivision or district of a city or town under the jurisdiction of or patrolled by a specific unit of its police force.
b. The police station situated in and having jurisdiction over such a district.
2. An election district of a city or town.
3. often precincts
a. A place or enclosure marked off by definite limits, such as walls: the mysterious precincts of the old monastery.
b. A boundary: Hunting is not allowed within the precincts of the estate.
4. precincts The neighborhood or surrounding area; the environs.
5. often precincts An area of thought or action; a province or domain: "It was in these spacious precincts that Dryden's imagination was most at home" (Mark Van Doren).

[Middle English precincte, a defined district or area, from Medieval Latin praecīnctum, from Latin, neuter past participle of praecingere, to encircle : prae-, pre- + cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.]

precincts

(ˈpriːsɪŋkts)
pl n
the surrounding region or area
References in classic literature ?
hushing' made him feel like a brutal intruder whenever he entered the sacred precincts of Babyland.
Within the precincts of her home she felt like one who has entered and lingered within the portals of some forbidden temple in which a thousand muffled voices bade her begone.
Deeply regretting this weakness on the part of a sister muse, we shall at once retire from her sacred precincts, within the proper limits of our own humble vocation.
Such had been the state and condition of the little shop in old Hepzibah's childhood, when she and her brother used to play at hide-and-seek in its forsaken precincts.
As the two wayfarers came within the precincts of the town, the children of the Puritans looked up from their player what passed for play with those sombre little urchins -- and spoke gravely one to another
Standing, for the most part, on the hallowed precincts of the quarter-deck, they were careful not to speak or rustle their feet.
And then there were official returns from the various precincts and wards of the city itself
These nurseries of mine went smoothly and privately along undisturbed in their ob- scure country retreats, for nobody was allowed to come into their precincts without a special permit -- for I was afraid of the Church.
The shape standing before me had never crossed my eyes within the precincts of Thornfield Hall before; the height, the contour were new to me.
And supposing you persevered in your obstinate fast, and died by that means, and they refused to bury you in the precincts of the kirk?
Francis Clare made his appearance the next morning in the grounds at Combe-Raven; and, something doubtful of the reception that might await him, slowly approached the precincts of the house.
Upon which, Janet came running up the stairs as if the house were in flames, darted out on a little piece of green in front, and warned off two saddle-donkeys, lady-ridden, that had presumed to set hoof upon it; while my aunt, rushing out of the house, seized the bridle of a third animal laden with a bestriding child, turned him, led him forth from those sacred precincts, and boxed the ears of the unlucky urchin in attendance who had dared to profane that hallowed ground.