Definitions of territory

  1. a territorial possession controlled by a ruling state
  2. an area of knowledge or interest; " his questions covered a lot of territory"
  3. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state; " American troops were stationed on Japanese soil"
  4. A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.
  5. 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.
  6. A large tract of land; region; district; entire extent of land and water under the control of one ruler or government: Territory, in the United States, a region, sometimes undeveloped, under a temporary government, that may become a State; as, Alaska Territory.
  7. The extent of land around or belonging to a city or state: domain: in the United States, a portion of the country not yet admitted as a State into the Union, and still under a provisional government.
  8. Territorial.
  9. Tract of land; domain; country.
  10. A division of the national domain of the United States having a separate government in the expectation that it will become a State.
  11. Territoryly.
  12. The extent or compass of land within the bounds or belonging to the jurisdiction of any state, city or other body; a large tract of land, specially a tract belonging to and under the dominion of a prince or state, lying at a distance from the parent country, or one outside a union.
  13. A district of country; the whole extent of land subject to a state, city, or sovereign prince; any district or division.

Usage examples for territory

  1. After his death, Roman entered the territory of Galitch, not as an elected duke, but as a conqueror at the head of an army, and treated the dukedom as a conquest. – The Story of Russia by R. Van Bergen
  2. The German officers evidently kept informed of our progress and had a general idea of the territory which had been covered. – The Victory At Sea by William Sowden Sims Burton J. Hendrick
  3. To lose this rich territory would be a terrible blow to the Union. – History of California by Helen Elliott Bandini
  4. Such is a large portion of the Hudson's Bay territory. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  5. Plainly and bluntly stated, our purpose was to get some territory for American development. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
  6. The bridge was free territory. – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  7. For a long time after this affair, so I learned from Mrs. Coolidge when I asked her about the story her friend had told me, the Governor thought it was that interview and the stern spirit he displayed in it that had made the change in the opposition's attitude toward him and had seemed to affect the feeling of the whole Territory. – Emerson's Wife and Other Western Stories Emerson's Wife -- Colonel Kate's Protégée -- The Kid of Apache Teju -- A Blaze on Pard Huff -- How Colonel Kate Won Her Spurs -- Hollyhocks -- The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Johnson Sides -- A Piece of Wreckag by Florence Finch Kelly
  8. The territory thus seized by violence was held by fear. – History of the War Between Mexico and the United States, with a Preliminary View of its Origin, Volume 1 by Brantz Mayer
  9. " He would do so if this were British territory; but being a native state, he, as a Christian, has no civil rights, no standing in a court of law. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  10. For five days they forced their way on foot, till entering the northern territory of the Comanches, they met with a drove of horses and cattle. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  11. It must not be supposed that this little republic was content with the territory of 422 Grosvenor Road. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  12. The newspapers of the Territory were divided on party lines. – History of the Constitutions of Iowa by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
  13. They had given us up for dead, and suspecting the Crows of having had a hand in our disappearance, they had made an invasion into their territory. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  14. Syria once more breathed freely, her commerce being under the combined protection of the two Powers who shared her territory. – The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  15. At that season Chadron and his neighbors could not draw very heavily on their scattered forces following the divided herds spread out over the vast territory for the winter grazing. – The Rustler of Wind River by G. W. Ogden
  16. It is clear that King James could not marry his son to an Infanta of Spain while a Spanish army was taking possession of his son- in- law's territory. – A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) by Leopold von Ranke
  17. A few years later the islands were made a territory. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  18. They couldn't have forbidden you to prospect in their territory. – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss