This is actually quite common. We routinely refer to/designate computers as "in-scope for PCI".
Also, "clearly" is sometimes not part of the PCI lexicon. The language can be vague. We have found that sometimes the simplest approach can be to ask the auditor if a proposed solution would work. Consider the following from the PCI-DSS V2:
"Without adequate network segmentation (sometimes called a "flat network") the entire network is in scope of the PCI DSS assessment. Network segmentation can be achieved through a number of physical or logical means, such as properly configured internal network firewalls, routers with
strong access control lists, or other technologies that restrict access to a particular segment of a network."
Does that mean that a normal network switch meets the requirements? It would be easy for them to say so, but there you go. It is "other technologies that restrict access to a particular segment of a network." Another of my favorites about scope:
" ...Applications include all purchased and custom applications, including internal and
external (for example, Internet) applications. "
I'm not sure about the AD part, but we do have HIDS and antivirus on all of our DC's, so I suspect that it may be.