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metes and bounds

[meets] /mits/
the boundaries or limits of a piece of land.
late Middle English
1275-1325; late Middle English; translation of Anglo-French metes et boundes. See mete2, bound3 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for metes and bounds
  • These maps include a locus map and a property boundary map with metes and bounds.
  • Some counties are divided according to a metes and bounds description.
  • Entries include date location, metes and bounds of lots surveyed, party for whom surveyed.
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limits or boundaries of a tract of land as identified by natural landmarks, such as rivers, or by man-made structures, such as roads, or by stakes or other markers. A principal legal type of land description in the United States, metes-and-bounds descriptions are commonly used wherever survey areas are irregular in size and shape. The land boundaries are run out by courses and distances, and monuments, natural or artificial, are fixed at the corners, or angles. A course is the direction of a line, usually with respect to a meridian but sometimes with respect to the magnetic north. Distance is the length of a course measured in some well-known unit, such as feet or chains

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