Definitions for: Territory


[n] an area of knowledge or interest; "his questions covered a lot of territory"
[n] a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
[n] a territorial possession controlled by a ruling state



Webster (1913) Definition: Ter"ri*to*ry, n.; pl. Territories. [L.
territorium, from terra the earth: cf. F. territoire. See
Terrace.]
1. A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a
district.

He looked, and saw wide territory spread Before him
-- towns, and rural works between. --Milton.

2. The extent of land belonging to, or under the dominion of,
a prince, state, or other form of government; often, a
tract of land lying at a distance from the parent country
or from the seat of government; as, the territory of a
State; the territories of the East India Company.

3. In the United States, a portion of the country not
included within the limits of any State, and not yet
admitted as a State into the Union, but organized with a
separate legislature, under a Territorial governor and
other officers appointed by the President and Senate of
the United States. In Canada, a similarly organized
portion of the country not yet formed into a Province.

Synonyms: district, dominion, province, territorial dominion

See Also: Acadia, Acre, administrative district, administrative division, American Samoa, American Virgin Islands, Aragon, area, AS, associated state, Athos, Attica, Boeotia, border district, borderland, British Virgin Islands, Castile, Castilla, Catalonia, city district, community, congressional district, development, East Malaysia, Eastern Samoa, enclave, Faeroe Islands, Faeroes, Faroe Islands, Faroes, French Oceania, French Polynesia, Galloway, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, goldfield, jurisdiction, Kordofan, Lake District, Lakeland, Lothian Region, Louisiana Purchase, Macao, Macau, mandate, mandatory, march, marchland, Mount Athos, Natal, North Borneo, Northern Territory, Northwest Territories, Palatinate, Palestine, Pfalz, possession, protectorate, region, residential area, residential district, Sabah, Sarawak, territorial division, trust territory, trusteeship, United States Virgin Islands, VI, West Malaysia, Yukon, Yukon Territory

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