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land grant

a tract of land given by the government, as for colleges or railroads.
Origin of land grant
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After the cattle were driven in the Zulu chief sent for the Boer leader, ostensibly to arrange about the land grant.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • But no trace was there of the papers relating to the land grant.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • Mr. Cornell's gifts afterward, including his saving the land grant Fund from depreciation, amounted to over three million dollars.

  • It is not quite true to say that the land grant was a bribe to the voters of Kansas.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • The first railroad that received a land grant was the Illinois Central.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • This company had neither charter nor land grant, and, as far as we know, it had made no attempt to obtain either.

    The Fathers of New England Charles M. Andrews
  • The Texas Pacific was chartered March 3, 1871, as the last of the land grant railways.

    The Last American Frontier Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
  • A majority of the land grant railroads have gone through reorganization and foreclosure, some of them several times.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • It is said that a land grant proves he was a celebrated Pandit in 1400.

  • The chief matter under consideration was a railroad concession to Americans, involving a land grant of thousands of acres.

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for land grant

land grant

(US & Canadian) a grant of public land to a college, railway, etc
(modifier) (US) designating a state university established with such a grant
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