Definitions
gerrymander Tweet Definition of gerrymander Like Definition of gerrymander on Facebook
noun 
  1. The act of gerrymandering.
By this iniquitous practice, which is known as the , the party in a minority in each State is allowed to get only about one-half or one-quarter of its proper share of representation.
  1. A voting district skewed by gerrymandering.
Any citizen looking at a map of district 12 could immediately tell that it was a because of the ridiculous way it cut across 4 counties while carving up neighborhoods in half.
Translations: 
  • French: découpage électoral
    (trans-mid)
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, A voting district skewed by gerrymandering)
    (trans-mid)
    (trans-bottom)
verb (wikipedia, gerrymandering)
  1. (transitive) To divide a geographic area into voting districts in such a way as to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To draw dividing lines for other types of districts in an unintuitive way to favor a particular group or for other perceived gain.
The superintendent helped the school district lines in order to keep the children of the wealthy gated community in the better school all the way across town.
Etymology: From (term, w:Elbridge Gerry, (Elbridge) Gerry) + (term, salamander, (sala)mander), from the similarity in shape to a salamander of an election district created when Gerry was the governor of Massachusetts


Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for gerrymander for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.

     
  

 Find:
  Words Starting With:
  Words Ending With:
  Words Containing:
  Words That Match:

 
 Translate Into:
  
Dutch   French   German
  
Italian   Spanish
    Show results per page.

Browse the Dictionary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

   
Dictionary content provided from Wiktionary.org under the GNU Free Documentation License
Allwords Copyright 1998-2019 All rights reserved.