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province

1. a territory governed as a unit of a country or empire
2. a district, territory, or region
3. those parts of a country lying outside the capital and other large cities and regarded as outside the mainstream of sophisticated culture
4. Ecology a subdivision of a region, characterized by a particular fauna and flora
5. an area or branch of learning, activity, etc.
6. RC Church Church of England an ecclesiastical territory, usually consisting of several dioceses, and having an archbishop or metropolitan at its head
7. a major administrative and territorial subdivision of a religious order
8. History a region of the Roman Empire outside Italy ruled by a governor from Rome

Province

 

in physical geography, one of the morphological parts of a physiographic region. A province consists of a group of interrelated natural landmarks associated with individual large-scale relief forms (for example, with drainage divides or river valleys and terraces) or with variations in the depth of occurrence of the same type of (pre-Anthropogene) bedrock (for example, karstic limestone under a cover of loess loams). In physiographic science complex systems of similar natural landmarks that have merged in the process of their development (for example, upland swamps in taiga landscapes) and parts of a landscape that differ in the quantitative ratios of areas occupied by different types of natural landmarks (for example, pine forests and swamps in the taiga) with the same qualitative composition are also considered provinces. In geographic literature the term “province” is also used in a general sense to designate an area with a unique combination of natural conditions.

A. G. ISACHENKO

province

[′präv·əns]
(oceanography)
An area composed of a grouping of like bathymetric elements whose features are in obvious contrast with surrounding regions.
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At the latter, however, lay General Webb, who commanded the armies of the king in the northern provinces, with a body of more than five thousand men.
The island is divided into several provinces, in each of which are large flourishing towns, and the whole forms an important kingdom.
Though his long slim legs, supporting a lank body, and his pallid skin, were not indicative of health, Monsieur de Valois ate like an ogre and declared he had a malady called in the provinces "hot liver," perhaps to excuse his monstrous appetite.
Ascended and descended the office seekers of Paris, who ran after any sort of favor--gentlemen from the provinces anxious to be enrolled, and servants in all sorts of liveries, bringing and carrying messages between their masters and M.
It was in this apartment, I presume, that the ancient governors held their levees, with vice-regal pomp, surrounded by the military men, the councillors, the judges, and other officers of the crown, while all the loyalty of the province thronged to do them honor.
From an isolated phenomenon in a barge it became a permanent institution with brick-built kennels ashore, and an influence social, political, and administrative, co-terminous with the boundaries of the province.
The steward did not say it was quite impossible, but suggested selling the forests in the province of Kostroma, the land lower down the river, and the Crimean estate, in order to make it possible: all of which operations according to him were connected with such complicated measures- the removal of injunctions, petitions, permits, and so on- that Pierre became quite bewildered and only replied:
Consequently, and to indulge his own idea of happiness, Cornelius began to be interested in the study of plants and insects, collected and classified the Flora of all the Dutch islands, arranged the whole entomology of the province, on which he wrote a treatise, with plates drawn by his own hands; and at last, being at a loss what to do with his time, and especially with his money, which went on accumulating at a most alarming rate, he took it into his head to select for himself, from all the follies of his country and of his age, one of the most elegant and expensive, -- he became a tulip-fancier.
And in this Christian province Constantine made up his mind to build a New Rome.
In 1825 the town contained 6000 inhabitants, and the province 30,000; yet, few as the inhabitants are, no province has suffered more from bloody and desperate revolutions.
The irrigation of these lands in the Zaraisky province had been initiated by the predecessor of Alexey Alexandrovitch's predecessor.
To such of these as spoke to me, I gave myself out as a Hindoo-Boodhist, from a distant province, bound on a pilgrimage.