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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Town  \Town\,  n.  [OE.  toun,  tun,  AS  tun  inclosure,  fence, 
  village,  town;  akin  to  D.  tuin  a  garden,  G.  zaun  a  hadge, 
  fence,  OHG.  zun,  Icel.  tun  an  inclosure,  homestead,  house, 
  Ir  &  Gael.  dun  a  fortress,  W.  din.  Cf  {Down},  adv  &  prep., 
  {Dune},  {tine}  to  inclose.] 
  1.  Formerly: 
  a  An  inclosure  which  surrounded  the  mere  homestead  or 
  dwelling  of  the  lord  of  the  manor.  [Obs.] 
  b  The  whole  of  the  land  which  constituted  the  domain. 
  [Obs.] 
  c  A  collection  of  houses  inclosed  by  fences  or  walls. 
  [Obs.]  --Palsgrave. 
 
  2.  Any  number  or  collection  of  houses  to  which  belongs  a 
  regular  market,  and  which  is  not  a  city  or  the  see  of  a 
  bishop.  [Eng.]  --Johnson. 
 
  3.  Any  collection  of  houses  larger  than  a  village,  and  not 
  incorporated  as  a  city;  also  loosely,  any  large  closely 
  populated  place  whether  incorporated  or  not  in 
  distinction  from  the  country,  or  from  rural  communities. 
 
  God  made  the  country,  and  man  made  the  town. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  4.  The  body  of  inhabitants  resident  in  a  town;  as  the  town 
  voted  to  send  two  representatives  to  the  legislature;  the 
  town  voted  to  lay  a  tax  for  repairing  the  highways. 
 
  5.  A  township;  the  whole  territory  within  certain  limits, 
  less  than  those  of  a  country.  [U.  S.] 
 
  6.  The  court  end  of  London;--  commonly  with  the 
 
  7.  The  metropolis  or  its  inhabitants;  as  in  winter  the 
  gentleman  lives  in  town;  in  summer,  in  the  country. 
 
  Always  hankering  after  the  diversions  of  the  town. 
  --Addison. 
 
  Stunned  with  his  giddy  larum  half  the  town.  --Pope. 
 
  Note:  The  same  form  of  expressions  is  used  in  regard  to  other 
  populous  towns. 
 
  8.  A  farm  or  farmstead;  also  a  court  or  farmyard.  [Prov. 
  Eng.  &  Scot.] 
 
  Note:  Town  is  often  used  adjectively  or  in  combination  with 
  other  words  as  town  clerk,  or  town-clerk;  town-crier, 
  or  town  crier;  townhall,  town-hall,  or  town  hall; 
  townhouse,  town  house,  or  town-house. 
 
  Syn:  Village;  hamlet.  See  {Village}. 
 
  {Town  clerk},  an  office  who  keeps  the  records  of  a  town,  and 
  enters  its  official  proceedings.  See  {Clerk}. 
 
  {Town  cress}  (Bot.),  the  garden  cress,  or  peppergrass.  --Dr. 
  Prior. 
 
  {Town  house}. 
  a  A  house  in  town,  in  distinction  from  a  house  in  the 
  country. 
  b  See  {Townhouse}. 
 
  {Town  meeting},  a  legal  meeting  of  the  inhabitants  of  a  town 
  entitled  to  vote,  for  the  transaction  of  public  bisiness. 
  [U.  S.] 
 
  {Town  talk},  the  common  talk  of  a  place  the  subject  or  topic 
  of  common  conversation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  town 
  n  1:  an  urban  area  with  a  fixed  boundary  that  is  smaller  than  a 
  city;  "they  drive  through  town  on  their  way  to  work" 
  2:  an  administrative  division  of  a  county;  "the  town  is 
  responsible  for  snow  removal"  [syn:  {township}] 
  3:  the  people  living  in  a  municipality  smaller  than  a  city; 
  "the  whole  town  cheered  the  team"  [syn:  {townspeople},  {townsfolk}] 




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