Pronunciation: (prē'singkt), [key]
1. a district, as of a city, marked out for governmental or administrative purposes, or for police protection.
2. Also called pre'cinct house". the police station in such a district.
3. Also called election district. one of a fixed number of districts, each containing one polling place, into which a city, town, etc., is divided for voting purposes.
4. a space or place of definite or understood limits.
5. Often, precincts. an enclosing boundary or limit.
6. precincts, the parts or regions immediately surrounding a place; environs: the precincts of a town.
7. Chiefly Brit.the ground immediately surrounding a church, temple, or the like.
8. a walled or otherwise bounded or limited space within which a building or place is situated.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.