town·ship | \ˈtau̇n-ˌship \

Definition of township 

1a : town sense 5

b : a unit of local government in some northeastern and north central states usually having a chief administrative officer or board

c : an unorganized subdivision of the county in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

d : an electoral and administrative district of the county in the southern U.S.

2 : a division of territory in surveys of U.S. public land containing 36 sections or 36 square miles

3 : an area in the Republic of South Africa that was segregated under apartheid for occupation by persons of non-European descent

4 : an ancient unit of administration in England identical in area with or a division of a parish

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Long way from the township in South Africa and her Aunt has flown 30 hours to be here for this celebration today. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Oprah to Graduates: Vote! Vote! Vote!," 11 May 2018 Miller's class painted the rocks and hid them somewhere in the Perry school district, which serves the township of the same name, as well as Perry Village and North Perry Village. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Wednesday, May 2, 2018," 2 May 2018 The consolidated highways board will include the clerks and supervisors from both townships. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "One year later, no movement on consolidation of Naperville, Lisle township road districts," 13 Apr. 2018 The activists pack the township’s tiny boardroom on the second Monday of every month to attempt to shame and deride Brannigan for her comments. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Palos Township trustee says she won't resign a year after Facebook comments about Middle Eastern immigrants ignited protests," 11 July 2018 Photo Courtesy: Miranda O'Connor +2 1 Comment 6 Emergency crews from across the region raced to the township, the station reports, adding that the American Red Cross was on-scene assisting first responders and others. CBS News, "Possible tornado pounds parts of Pennsylvania," 14 June 2018 The area has long had ski resorts, and at one time the township was home to Action Park, a water park that gained notoriety for its wildly dangerous rides. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "Once a Getaway Where Bunnies Frolicked, Now a ‘Black Hole’," 8 Apr. 2018 The township had a little more than 3,400 residents as of the 2010 Census. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Their dogs kept getting cancer and dying. All signs pointed to a local park | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 In all, members of the election board and Dennis Rzepka, an account manager with Election Systems and Software, which provides the equipment, tested 12 ballot-tallying machines, one for each of the county's townships. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Voting machines tested as primary nears in Porter County," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of township

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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English Language Learners Definition of township

: a unit of local government in the U.S.


town·ship | \ˈtau̇n-ˌship \

Kids Definition of township

1 : a unit of local government in some northeastern and north central states

2 : a division of territory in surveys of United States public lands containing 36 square miles (about 93 square kilometers)

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