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precinct

1. an area in a town, often closed to traffic, that is designed or reserved for a particular purpose
2. US
a. a district of a city for administrative or police purposes
b. the police responsible for such a district
3. US a polling or electoral district

precinct

The grounds immediately surrounding a cathedral.
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The blacks were massed at the entrance to a great chamber where they were attempting to block the further progress of a body of red men toward the inner sacred precincts of the temple.
IT must not be supposed that the life of a personage naturally so active as Phoebe could be wholly confined within the precincts of the old Pyncheon House.
Without such purpose on her part, and unconsciously on his, she made the House of the Seven Gables like a home to him, and the garden a familiar precinct.
Ask the first hundred citizens of Cloisterham, met at random in the streets at noon, if they believed in Ghosts, they would tell you no; but put them to choose at night between these eerie Precincts and the thoroughfare of shops, and you would find that ninety-nine declared for the longer round and the more frequented way.
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
Some while after, she thought fit to go into the forbidden precinct of Zeus, not knowing the law, and being pursued by her own son and the Arcadians, was about to be killed because of the said law; but Zeus delivered her because of her connection with him and put her among the stars, giving her the name Bear because of the misfortune which had befallen her.
Not old enough even to leave his father's grass roof and sleep in the youths' canoe house, much less to sleep with the young bachelors in their canoe house, he knew that he took his life, with all of its dimly guessed mysteries and arrogances, in his hand thus to trespass into the sacred precinct of the full-made, full-realized, full- statured men of Somo.
Ward 1, Precinct B, the precinct with the prison, has 573 voters, significantly fewer voters than other precincts because it is the location of North Central Correctional Institution and its 900-plus inmates.
Obama's margin came from south and central Eugene, where the president outpolled Romney by ratios of 10 to 1 in many precincts.
He pioneered car-free precincts in the very home of the motor car; indoor shopping; rooftop parking; the ring road; and new building methods.
City Councilman Rafi Manoukian, the only councilman not up for re- election, predicted the rankings would likely change as the precincts were counted.
The list was then compared with the county's records of registered voters to pinpoint 479 of the city's 2,705 precincts where at least 10 people with Chinese surnames lived.