Definitions for shireˈʃi reɪ
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a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county
shire, shire horse(noun)
British breed of large heavy draft horse
Former administrative area of Britain; a county.
Yorkshire is the largest shire in England.
The general area in which a person lives, used in the context of travel within the UK:
"When are you coming back to the shire?"
A rural or outer suburban local government area of Australia.
A shire horse
a portion of Great Britain originally under the supervision of an earl; a territorial division, usually identical with a county, but sometimes limited to a smaller district; as, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Richmondshire, Hallamshire
a division of a State, embracing several contiguous townships; a county
Origin: [AS. scre, scr, a division, province, county. Cf. Sheriff.]
A shire is a traditional term for a division of land, found in the United Kingdom and in Australia. In parts of Australia, a shire is an administrative unit, but it is not synonymous with "county" there, which is a land registration unit. Individually, or as a suffix in Scotland and in the far northeast of England, the word is pronounced. As a suffix in an English or Welsh place name, it is in most regions pronounced, or sometimes. In Britain, "shire" is the original term for what is usually known as a county; the word county having been introduced at the Norman Conquest of England. The two are synonymous. Although in modern British usage counties are referred to as "shires" mainly in poetic contexts, terms such as Shire Hall remain common. Shire also remains a common part of many county names. The word derives from the Old English scir, itself a derivative of the Proto-Germanic skizo, meaning care or official charge. The system was first used in Wessex from the beginning of Anglo-Saxon settlement, and spread to most of the rest of England in the tenth century, along with West Saxon political control. In Domesday the city of York was divided into shires. The first shires of Scotland were created in English-settled areas such as Lothian and the Borders, in the ninth century. King David I more consistently created shires and appointed sheriffs across lowland shores of Scotland.
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a river of East Africa, flows out of Lake Nyassa, and passes in a southerly course through the Shiré Highlands, a distance of 370 m., till it joins the Zambesi; discovered by Livingstone.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
In some ways we are very similar to Shire but we are operating in a different world and we are doing it 10 to 15 years later than them.
We are incredibly cash-generative and this will add to that, so this does not prevent us from considering further deals, shire is always considering the next deal.
We are extremely pleased that Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court's ruling that the patents are valid, which further confirms that Shire has strong patents protecting Vyvanse.
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The Shire deal is likely to mean that there will be no fresh bid speculation coming through on Shire itself, although the ongoing consolidation within the industry means the sector will remain of interest to investors.
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