Definitions for: Domain


[n] a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about; "it was a limited domain of discourse"; "here we enter the region of opinion"; "the realm of the occult"
[n] people in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest; "the Western world"
[n] territory over which rule or control is exercised; "his domain extended into Europe"; "he made it the law of the land"
[n] the set of values of the independent variable for which a function is defined
[n] a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit"



Webster (1913) Definition: Do*main", n. [F. domaine, OF. demaine, L. dominium,
property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, owner. See
Dame, and cf Demesne, Dungeon.]
1. Dominion; empire; authority.

2. The territory over which dominion or authority is exerted;
the possessions of a sovereign or commonwealth, or the
like. Also used figuratively.

The domain of authentic history. --E. Everett.

The domain over which the poetic spirit ranges. --J.
C. Shairp.

3. Landed property; estate; especially, the land about the
mansion house of a lord, and in his immediate occupancy;
demesne. --Shenstone.

4. (Law) Ownership of land; an estate or patrimony which one
has in his own right; absolute proprietorship; paramount
or sovereign ownership.

Public domain, the territory belonging to a State or to the
general government; public lands. [U.S.]



Right of eminent domain, that superior dominion of the
sovereign power over all the property within the state,
including that previously granted by itself, which
authorizes it to appropriate any part thereof to a
necessary public use, reasonable compensation being made.

Synonyms: area, arena, demesne, field, land, orbit, realm, region, sphere, world

See Also: academe, academia, archduchy, barony, class, country, distaff, duchy, dukedom, earldom, emirate, empire, environment, fiefdom, front, grand duchy, Grub Street, kingdom, kingdom, Kingdom of God, knowledge base, knowledge domain, land, lap, political arena, political sphere, preserve, princedom, principality, province, realm, realm, region, responsibility, set, sheikdom, sheikhdom, social class, socio-economic class, state, suzerainty, viscounty

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