|an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|1.||to divide the constituencies of (a voting area) so as to give one party an unfair advantage|
|2.||to manipulate or adapt to one's advantage|
|3.||an act or result of gerrymandering|
|[C19: from Elbridge Gerry, US politician + (|
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.