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POLICE, noun [Latin politia; Gr. city.]

1. The government of a city or town; the administration of the laws and regulations of a city or incorporated town or borough; as the police of London, of New York or Boston. The word is applied also to the government of all towns in New England which are made corporations by a general statute, for certain purposes.

2. The internal regulation and government of a kingdom or state.

3. The corporation or body of men governing a city.

4. In Scottish, the pleasure-ground about a gentleman's seat.