[jer-i-man-der, ger-] /ˈdʒɛr ɪˌmæn dər, ˈgɛr-/
U.S. Politics. the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.
verb (used with object)
U.S. Politics. to subject (a state, county, etc.) to a gerrymander.
to divide the constituencies of (a voting area) so as to give one party an unfair advantage
to manipulate or adapt to one’s advantage
an act or result of gerrymandering
1812 as both a noun and verb, American English, from Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander. Gerry, governor of Massachusetts, was lampooned when his party redistricted the state in a blatant bid to preserve an Antifederalist majority. One Essex County district resembled a salamander, and a newspaper editor dubbed it Gerrymander. Related: Gerrymandered; gerrymandering.
To change the boundaries of legislative districts to favor one party over another. Typically, the dominant party in a state legislature (which is responsible for drawing the boundaries of congressional districts) will try to concentrate the opposing party’s strength in as few districts as possible, while giving itself likely majorities in as many districts as possible.
[gur-shuh m] /ˈgɜr ʃəm/ noun 1. the elder son of Moses and Zipporah. Ex. 18:3. expulsion. (1.) The eldest son of Levi (1 Chr. 6:16, 17, 20, 43, 62, 71; 15:7)=GERSHON (q.v.). (2.) The elder of the two sons of Moses born to him in Midian (Ex. 2:22; 18:3). On his way to Egypt with […]
=Ger’shom expulsion, the eldest of Levi’s three sons (Gen. 46:11; Ex. 6:16). In the wilderness the sons of Gershon had charge of the fabrics of the tabernacle when it was moved from place to place, the curtains, veils, tent-hangings (Num. 3: 21-26). Thirteen Levitical cities fell to the lot of the Gershonites (Josh. 21:27-33).
[gursh-win] /ˈgɜrʃ wɪn/ noun 1. George, 1898–1937, U.S. composer. 2. Ira, 1896–1983, U.S. lyricist (brother of George Gershwin). /ˈɡɜːʃwɪn/ noun 1. George, original name Jacob Gershvin. 1898–1937, US composer: incorporated jazz into works such as Rhapsody in Blue (1924) for piano and jazz band and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935) 2. his brother, Ira, […]
[gur-trood] /ˈgɜr trud/ noun 1. a slip or underdress for infants. [gur-trood] /ˈgɜr trud/ noun 1. a female given name: from Germanic words meaning “spear” and “strength.”. fem. proper name, from French, from Old High German Geretrudis, from ger “spear” + trut “beloved, dear.”