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district attorney
district council
district court
district nurse
garment industry/factory/district etc
▪ She works in the garment district of Manhattan.
red-light district
school district
▪ The police fired teargas in the central shopping district to disperse the rioters, creating panic among shoppers.
▪ The city deserves a distinctive, central district to celebrate the arts, and itself.
▪ The office-vacancy rate in the Makati central commercial district is just 5%, and properties there yield nearly 10%.
▪ The protest added to momentum created during a larger demonstration Monday in the central business district.
▪ Its central business district had lost 41 percent of its retail volume over the previous 15 years.
▪ The central postal districts of six other major cities, including Birmingham and Manchester, will be similarly classified.
▪ You're minutes from the central business district via our complimentary London taxi shuttle.
▪ By November the unions aim to have 100 volunteers working for the Democrats in each of 75 congressional districts.
▪ A congressional district will hold about 625,000 Arizonans.
▪ The rest of the delegates are apportioned by congressional districts, with the winner of each district getting three delegates.
▪ Shaw v. Hunt: Oddly shaped congressional districts are unconstitutional if they were designed in order to ensure black voting majorities.
▪ Federal retirees would make a difference in close races in many sunbelt state congressional districts as well as Maryland and Virginia.
▪ Three congressional districts contain parts of the county; one district is represented by a Democrat and the two others by Republicans.
▪ Candidates get three delegates for each congressional district won, and 29 bonus delegates go to the overall statewide winner.
▪ He is especially strong in the first and second congressional districts that stretch from Pensacola to Jacksonville on the East Coast.
▪ The decision was announced by federal district judge William Hoeveler at a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 11.
▪ The country is divided into 20 states, two federal territories, a federal district around the capital and 72 federal dependencies.
▪ The case bounced back and forth between a federal district judge and a court of appeals three times.
▪ Decisions of the federal district courts are reported in the Federal Supplement and are similarly cited.
▪ The federal district court, upon the request of the school board, ordered noninterference with desegregation.
▪ When prosecutors refused to disclose information about their procedures, a federal district judge dismissed the charges against the five defendants.
▪ The suit was dismissed last month by a federal district judge.
▪ The feasibility studies were very hastily carried out, however, and financial assumptions which district planners were working on were unclear.
▪ He continued to the financial district.
▪ San Francisco saw demonstrators gathering at the heart of its financial district.
▪ By 2008 the artists' sketches of a red-roofed, neo-Levantine financial district will have become reality.
▪ A similar number of referrals came, however, from nearby large district general hospitals.
▪ Among other large districts, the 64, 000-student San Francisco Unified has one administrator for every 16. 5 teachers.
▪ But larger districts are usually fairer than small.
▪ Meanwhile, the cyber gods controlling the random selection virtually ignored some large districts in other areas of the state.
▪ Council leaders will in turn sit on larger district bodies, and will have all-important control of police and local bureaucrats.
▪ A receptionist in a new, busy and large district hospital.
▪ We were staying in a seedy hotel in San Francisco close to the red light district.
▪ In the red light district he won his fame.
▪ In my area the local district council is Labour controlled.
▪ One of the most widely available resources are adult-education classes run by local school districts or community colleges.
▪ Some universities fund crèches for their students; other crèches are supported by local district or county councils.
▪ With funding from the Ford Foundation, it created local school districts in three neighborhoods.
▪ The meat men come from all over the country and transport the ponies back to their local district to sell them.
▪ Attorney General Brewster made an attempt to punish the violators by ordering the local district attorney to make arrests.
▪ State laws or local district policies usually allow teachers to be absent from school for the major holidays of recognized religions.
▪ The careful coordination of services and programs to ensure that they meet local district needs. 3.
▪ In metropolitan areas the districts are responsible for education, social services and libraries.
▪ For example, non-metropolitan counties and metropolitan districts are required to appoint chief education officers and directors of social services.
▪ These were designated as metropolitan areas and were given a two-tier structure of metropolitan counties and districts.
▪ In most years, the Labour Party also controls most of the metropolitan districts.
▪ The Conservatives' success in Solihull gave them control of their first metropolitan district council since 1995.
▪ It would be a mistake to identify the metropolitan districts as urban-industrial and the periphery as rural.
▪ As such it complements the introduction of unitary development plans for the metropolitan districts.
▪ Between 1974 and 1986 there were also metropolitan counties, but these were abolished and their powers passed to metropolitan district authorities.
▪ A large upper floor in their poor district only cost three guilders a week.
▪ That means poorer school districts get deeper discounts.
▪ Since the 70s they have piled up in Kingston's poor districts, usually at election time.
▪ It is unclear, too, whether any plan would satisfy the poorer districts.
▪ Once more, the poorest districts could least afford provision from their own funds.
▪ By then, we felt sufficiently established to begin work with women in the poorest districts of San Salvador.
▪ We were staying in a seedy hotel in San Francisco close to the red light district.
▪ To be on the business side of boxing is to spend much of your time in the red light district of sports.
▪ Do you know what the odds are against a house catching fire in the Red Triangle district of Bes Pelargic?
▪ In the red light district he won his fame.
▪ District councils came into being as a result of the 1974 legislation which, interalia, abolished rural district councils.
▪ No one living in a rural district can altogether escape the indirect power of these influences.
▪ The district of Copeland includes the rural districts of Ennerdale and Millom where some of the greatest fall-out occurred.
▪ Officials in rural districts covering a large area may drive long distances to perform their regular duties.
▪ A preference for country living is clear, and in some remoter rural districts there was even a significant growth in population.
▪ In many rural districts provision was still patchy and enforcement of attendance sporadic.
▪ The corporation and the rural district council were in dispute about who should rehouse them.
▪ It was the ordinary police who prevented a complete collapse of law and order in the loyalist urban districts of Belfast.
▪ The influx of fresh cash did enable Richmond Unified to become a model urban school district.
▪ At one time there were no urban districts - they simply grow up around commercial and industrial interests.
▪ By 1935 the population of the urban districts had grown to 295,000.
▪ Within county areas, urban and rural districts to be created; 5.
▪ The less-urbanized areas acquired a two-tier system of county government, accompanied by lower-tier urban and rural districts.
▪ Keating was arrested on Sept. 18 after the Los Angeles district attorney issued a 42-count state indictment against him and three others.
▪ The district attorney has a videotape of you making that confession!
▪ He is now the district attorney of San Francisco, Terence Hallinan.
▪ Steen is very good as the besieged district attorney and Theron just eats up the screen.
▪ But later Monday the district attorney said he had not discussed the matter with the coroner since his election in December.
▪ The Bronx district attorney had argued that the policemen acted recklessly and were at fault.
▪ The agency probably will recommend that the district attorney file misdemeanor animal cruelty and neglect charges against Broden, she said.
▪ Beyond its business district, the community has a strong residential base that includes a sizable percentage of retirees.
▪ The worst area was Downtown, a 25-square-block warehouse district that made up the eastern third of the business district.
▪ You're minutes from the central business district via our complimentary London taxi shuttle.
▪ The protest added to momentum created during a larger demonstration Monday in the central business district.
▪ But when he started spending funds in the direction of improving the downtown business district, he became an inspiring city leader.
▪ Call from business districts were lower than usual.
▪ In my area the local district council is Labour controlled.
▪ These agencies include district council recreation departments, local sports councils, voluntary organisations and clubs.
▪ The biggest allocation for a district council in the region goes to Darlington which receives £700,000.
▪ District councils came into being as a result of the 1974 legislation which, interalia, abolished rural district councils.
▪ They do have some support and sympathy from the district council.
▪ Sadly, it seems that he has failed to grasp the relationship between the district council and the board.
▪ Parishes For local government purposes the parish had only existed within the boundaries of the former rural district councils.
▪ Although district councils will have more scope to refuse applications, Labour councillors fear some policy controls could shift to central Government.
▪ He has an adult son, David, and is also a Mid Suffolk district councillor.
▪ County and district councillors came along and after searching questions, agreed with our plan wholeheartedly and gave us very good advice.
▪ Phil Hughes, a district councillor and parish councillor, who lives in Bowes parish.
▪ Meal fees: Wear Valley district councillors are being asked to approve increased charges for meals on wheels and luncheon clubs.
▪ Local district councillors are furious that they are being forced by the Government to introduce fees for commercial waste collection.
▪ He also served as a district councillor for eight years, before retiring in July last year.
▪ Recognising the problem, district councillors have come up with a much needed cash injection to ease the crisis.
▪ After 1885 the cost of prosecuting was less because cases were tried in police courts instead of district courts.
▪ So held the court of appeals for the Eighth Circuit, reversing a district court in a Missouri case.
▪ I remember standing in the district court before old Smokey Lewis.
▪ All Supreme Court cases and selected district court cases were prosecuted by a government official.
▪ Decisions of the federal district courts are reported in the Federal Supplement and are similarly cited.
▪ The district court upheld the plan but was reversed by the court of appeals.
▪ The district court recognized that the Alabama statute violated the establishment clause as construed by the Supreme Court.
▪ Patients not living in the two health districts were excluded.
▪ How can health and local authorities develop cooperative procedures if care is spread across many health districts?
▪ He has backed an appeal to raise enough money for a scanner machine for the North Tees health district.
▪ Setting - Two health districts in Devon.
▪ Doctors in West Cumbria health district could recall only seven cases in 14 years.
▪ Nevertheless, fewer than half the health districts in the United Kingdom have established cardiac rehabilitation programmes.
▪ The closures at Barts have come amid signs of a growing cash crisis this winter in several London health districts.
▪ Setting - Two community psychogeriatric teams with similar operational policies in an inner London health district.
▪ The district judge refused both applications.
▪ A district judge will decide later the amount of money and interest the musicians must receive from royalties.
▪ A state district judge held Lenhart in contempt, when she refused to identify the grand jurors who spoke to her.
▪ However this may be, it is plain that the district judge must have tacitly rejected the argument.
▪ Limits for district judge candidates vary by county population.
▪ Certain district judges who have been specially nominated and trained have power to act in public law cases.
▪ Another district judge will now rule on what sanctions should be im posed on the company for its illegal behaviour.
▪ She receives physiotherapy three or four times a week and is regularly visited by the district nurse.
▪ Health visitors and district nurses will also be on site.
▪ He and his wife, Carole, a district nurse, have two young sons.
▪ The services included midwives, health visitors, district nurses and various clinics.
▪ The district nurse is attached to the general practitioner surgery or health centre.
▪ Astonishingly, they both work full time, Jenny as a district nurse, Michael a doctor.
▪ Using a person outside the family circle, such as the district nurse, is positively the last resort.
▪ Each month the district officer spent a whole day writing a full report to the political secretary in the provincial capital.
▪ As they move forward, Tepilit, without warning, hurls his spear at the district officer from a few feet away.
▪ The district officer wanted to know if suitable precautions had been taken to avoid the elephants.
▪ Tepilit watches as the district officer performs a brief hokey-cokey before falling face down.
▪ The laibon now talks about the famous incident when a district officer was killed.
▪ Unfortunately the district officer stepped forward.
▪ The district officer was eventually released on Oct. 13 and the other officials were released during the following week.
▪ California's political map is a chaotic mess of overlapping cities, counties and school districts.
▪ In November 1993 the school district received an added boost when the Oregon Business Council selected it as a partner.
▪ Academically, this is one of the country's top school districts.
▪ Many of the partnerships transcended school district boundaries because companies operate regionally, but they all had strong community roots.
▪ In the United States parents are actively encouraged to play a full and responsible part in their school and their school district.
▪ Where the injuries to a student are not foreseeable, however, the school district will not be held liable.
▪ He said school districts should reduce teacher paperwork, hire more clerical help and lighten teaching loads to reduce stress.
▪ That means poorer school districts get deeper discounts.
▪ John Lewis, who represents a district adjacent to Gingrich.
▪ Ralph would be an excellent person to represent my district.
▪ They represent different districts, different philosophies and different ways of doing business.
▪ Better to have no one represent the district for the time being rather than this hypocrite.
▪ Blaine works in the financial district.
▪ Their apartment is in the Chongwen district of Peking.
▪ Hence Phoenix always keeps at least two of its garbage districts in public hands-so it will always have the capacity to compete.
▪ In my area the local district council is Labour controlled.
▪ More significantly, in many districts there were in most villages several households which depended on cattle stealing for their livelihood.
▪ Qualification for the pension was to be determined by newly-appointed district pensions committees.
▪ Statistics that I saw later pin-pointed the discrepancies between amounts of money allocated to the white and Negro districts.
▪ Stockman is spending $ 30, 000 in office funds to hold four electronic call-in shows back in his district.
▪ The two district courts that addressed this question reached opposite conclusions.
▪ Within the counties 36 districts instead of 164 would form a second tier.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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 representatives.


District \Dis"trict\, a. [L. districtus, p. p.] Rigorous; stringent; harsh. [Obs.]

Punishing with the rod of district severity.


District \Dis"trict\, n. [LL. districtus district, fr. L. districtus, p. p. of distringere: cf. F. district. See Distrain.]

  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.

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, "territory under the jurisdiction of a lord or officer," from French district (16c.), from Medieval Latin districtus "restraining of offenders, jurisdiction," then under the feudal system "area of jurisdiction," noun use of past participle of Latin distringere "hinder, detain" (see distress). Used vaguely of "any tract of land" from 1712. District attorney attested by 1789, American English.

  1. (context obsolete English) rigorous; stringent; harsh n. An administrative division of an area. v

  2. (context transitive English) To divide into administrative or other #Nouns.


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]


A district is a type of administrative division that, in some countries, is managed by local government. Across the world, areas known as "districts" vary greatly in size, spanning entire regions or counties, several municipalities, subdivisions of municipalities, school district, or political district.

District (China)

The term district, in the context of China, is used to refer to several unrelated political divisions in both ancient and modern China.

In the modern context, district or sub-city , formally city-governed district, city-controlled district, or municipal district , are subdivisions of a municipality or a prefecture-level city. The rank of a district derives from the rank of its city. Districts of a municipality are prefecture-level; districts of a sub-provincial city are sub-prefecture-level; and districts of a prefecture-level city are county-level.

It was also formerly used to refer the obsolete County-controlled districts (also known as district public office).

However, if the word district is encountered in the context of ancient Chinese history, then it is a translation for xian, another type of administrative division in China.

Before the 1980s, cities in the People's Republic of China were administrative divisions containing mostly urban, built-up areas, with very little farmland, except for the immediate suburbs in order to ensure a large supply of food or raw materials. As a result, districts were also mostly urban or suburban in nature.

After the 1980s, prefectures began to be replaced with prefecture-level cities. From then on, "cities" in mainland China became just like any other administrative division, containing urban areas, towns, villages, and farmland. These cities are subdivided into districts, counties, autonomous counties, and county-level cities. At the same time, counties and county-level cities began to be replaced with districts, especially after 1990. From then onwards, districts were no longer strictly an urban entities — some districts today are just like counties, with a large towns and townships under them governing rural areas.

District (Taiwan)

Districts refer to a type of administrative division in Taiwan.

District (disambiguation)

District is a type of administrative division in some countries managed by a local government.

District may also refer to:

  • District, an alternative term for neighbourhood
  • Electoral district, a territorial subdivision for holding elections
  • Congressional district, an electoral district in the United States
  • District (LDS Church), geographical division for the Church of Latter Day Saints
  • District (EP), an EP by Sponge Cola
  • School District
District (EP)

District is the third EP by the Pinoy rock band Sponge Cola, released under Universal Records last November 9, 2012.

District (Austria)

In Austrian politics, a district ( German: Bezirk) is a second-level division of the executive arm of the country's government. District offices are the primary point of contact between resident and state for most acts of government that exceed municipal purview: marriage licenses, driver licenses, passports, assembly permits, hunting permits, or dealings with public health officers for example all involve interaction with the district administrative authority (Bezirksverwaltungsbehörde).

Austrian constitutional law distinguishes two types of district administrative authority:

  • district commissions (Bezirkshauptmannschaften), district administrative authorities that exist as stand-alone bureaus;
  • statutory cities (Städte mit eigenem Statut or Statutarstädte), cities that have been vested with district administration functions in addition to their municipal responsibilities, i.e. district administrative authorities that only exist as a secondary role filled by something that primarily is a city.

As of 2015, there are 95 districts, 80 districts headed by district commissions and 15 statutory cities.

Many districts are geographically congruent with one of the country's 116 judicial venues.

Statutory cities are not usually referred to as "districts" outside of government publications and the legal literature. For brevity, government agencies will sometimes use the term "rural districts" (Landbezirke) for districts headed by district commissions, although the expression does not appear in any law and many "rural districts" are not very rural.

District (LDS Church)

A district of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is a geographical administrative unit composed of a number of congregations called branches. A district is a subdivision of a mission of the church and in many ways is analogous to a stake of the church. The leader of a district is the mission president, who selects a local district president as his agent. The district president may choose two men to assist him; the three together form the district presidency. The three members of the district presidency are given the honorific title "President".

Districts are usually established where the church is new or where there are insufficient numbers of church members to organize a stake. Prior to the late 1920s, districts were known as conferences. A district may be thought of as a stake in a beginning or embryonic state.

Usage examples of "district".

Caufeld could be confirmed, Abram appointed to a district judgeship and Edie appointed the U.

The private telephone and telegraph wires between Whernside House and Settle and the aerograph apparatus at the observatory were working almost incessantly till dawn, sending and receiving messages between this remote moorland district and London and the seat of war, as well as Bolton and Pittsburg.

Finally, in thinking they could use a mobster to trap a terrorist, the story underscores the apparent naivete of FBI agents and prosecutors in the Southern District.

Since then the general has served in India, at first with the Sappers and Miners, with whose reorganisation he was closely associated, and latterly in command of the Agra District.

The Dracophils held one or two every day in some of the thirty-six districts of Alca, and preferably in the poorer quarters.

Or you might prefer to be made pasha of a district right here on Alif, closer to the center of things.

Max turned onto Bigelow Boulevard, and they swept along the hillside, looking down at the Strip District and the Allegheny River beyond.

As a delegate of the Poor Relief Service, intrusted with one of the Grenelle districts, Madame Angelin had found Norine among the pensioners over whom she was appointed to watch.

APRON OVER AN OLD SHIRT AND washed-out chinos, James Jesus Angleton was sweeping the aisles of the greenhouse he had recently installed in the back yard of his suburban Arlington house, across the Potomac from the District of Columbia and the Pickle Factory on the Reflecting Pool.

Hence an act granting a right of appeal from the Commission to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is not unconstitutional as conferring executive power upon a judicial body.

The district court issued a preliminary injunction, which the court of appeals stayed.

Commerce Court judges among the Circuit Courts of Appeals and the transfer of its jurisdiction to the district courts.

The Court was vested with jurisdiction and powers of a district court to hear appeals filed within thirty days against denials of protests by the Price Administrator and with exclusive jurisdiction to set aside regulations, orders, or price schedules, in whole or in part, or to remand the proceeding.

Since the Emergency Court of Appeals, subject to review by the Supreme Court, was given exclusive jurisdiction to determine the validity of any order issued under the act, it resulted that the district courts were deprived of the power to inquire into the validity of orders involved in civil or criminal proceedings in which they had jurisdiction.

MAYFAIR was not in the Argus apartment, which was full of detectives from the homicide detail, an assistant district attorney, photographers, print men.