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land grant

a tract of land given by the government, as for colleges or railroads.
Origin of land grant
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The first railroad that received a land grant was the Illinois Central.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • But no trace was there of the papers relating to the land grant.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • He had a Spanish land grant in here and lived here till 1804.

  • It is said that a land grant proves he was a celebrated Pandit in 1400.

  • 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 people rejected the Lecompton constitution and its land grant by a heavy majority.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • 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
  • The land grant railways completed these four eastern connections across the frontier in the period of culmination.

    The Last American Frontier

    Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
  • 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 land grant of that railroad company was conveyed to the land company on September 15, 1869.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
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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