English Online Dictionary. What means territory? What does territory mean?
Inherited from Middle English territorie, from Latin territōrium.
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɛɹɪˌtɔɹi/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɛɹɪt(ə)ɹi/
territory (countable and uncountable, plural territories)
- A large extent or tract of land; for example a region, country or district.
- (Canada) One of three of Canada's federal entities, located in the country's Arctic, with fewer powers than a province and created by an act of Parliament rather than by the Constitution: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
- (Australia) One of three of Australia's federal entities, located in the country's north and southeast, with fewer powers than a state and created by an act of Parliament rather than by the Constitution: Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay Territory.
- A geographic area under control of a single governing entity such as state or municipality; an area whose borders are determined by the scope of political power rather than solely by natural features such as rivers and ridges.
- (ecology) An area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against its conspecifics.
- (sports and games) The part of the playing field or board over which a player or team has control.
- A geographic area that a person or organization is responsible for in the course of work.
- A location or logical space which someone owns or controls.
- A market segment or scope of professional practice over which an organization or type of practitioner has exclusive rights.
- An area of subject matter, knowledge, or experience.
- 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
- The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.