Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A name given to the process of dividing a state or other territory into the authorized civil or political divisions, but with such a geographical arrangement as to accomplish a sinister or unlawfui purpose, as, for instance, to secure a majority for a given political party in districts where the result would be otherwise lf they were divided according to obvious natural lines or to arrange school districts so that children of certain religions or nationalities shall be brought within one district and those of a different religion or nationality in another district State v. Whitford, 54 Wis. 150, 11 N. W. 424.