Webster 1913 Edition
(a)An inclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or dwelling of the lord of the manor.
(b)The whole of the land which constituted the domain.
(c)A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls.
Any number or collection of houses to which belongs a regular market, and which is not a city or the see of a bishop.
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
The body of inhabitants resident in a town;
townvoted to send two representatives to the legislature; the
townvoted to lay a tax for repairing the highways
A township; the whole territory within certain limits, less than those of a country.
The court end of London; – commonly with the.
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
Stunned with his giddy larum half the
☞ The same form of expressions is used in regard to other populous towns.
A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard.
[Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
☞ 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
an office who keeps the records of a town, and enters its official proceedings. See–
the garden cress, or peppergrass.
A house in town, in distinction from a house in the country.
a legal meeting of the inhabitants of a town entitled to vote, for the transaction of public bisiness.
the common talk of a place; the subject or topic of common conversation.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Originally, a walled or fortified place; a collection of houses inclosed with walls, hedges or pickets for safety. Rahab's house was on the town wall. Josh. 2.
A town that hath gates and bars. 1 Sam. 23.
2.Any collection of houses, larger than a village. In this use the word is very indefinite, and a town may consist of twenty houses, or of twenty thousand.
3.In England, any number of houses to which belongs a regular market, and which is not a city or the see of a bishop.
A town, in modern times, is generally without walls, which is the circumstance that usually distinguishes it from a city.
In the United States, the circumstance that distinguishes a town from a city, is generally that a city is incorporated with special privileges, and a town is not. But a city is often called a town.
4.The inhabitants of a town. The town voted to send two representatives to the legislature, or they voted to lay a tax for repairing the highways.
5.In popular usage, in America, a township; the whole territory within certain limits.
6.In England,the court end of London.
7.The inhabitants of the metropolis.
8.The metropolis. The gentleman lives in town in winter; in summer he lives in the country. The same form of expression is used in regard to other populous towns.