Definition for homesteading (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for homesteading
And as cruel as the homesteading existence can be, city life is worse.
And who epitomizes the homesteading patriarch better than John Wayne?
Good; but your homesteading lumberman now watched his chance for a high wind away from his claim.Through Our Unknown Southwest|Agnes C. Laut
Oddly enough, we had never questioned the impulse which led two young city girls to go alone into unsettled land, homesteading.
Nothing strikes my fancy so much as homesteading—which I think you meant.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
And now they are homesteading, trying to get hold of land as fast as they can.
I'll even try to tolerate that club-footed cowboy's brass in homesteading a ranch right under my nose.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for homesteading (1 of 2)
noun (in Britain)
- a scheme whereby council tenants are enabled to buy derelict property from the council and renovate it with the aid of Government grants
- (as modifier)a homesteading scheme
British Dictionary definitions for homesteading (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for homesteading
Old English hamstede "home, town, village," from home (n.) + stead (q.v.). In U.S. usage, "a lot of land adequate for the maintenance of a family" (1690s), defined by the Homestead Act of 1862 as 160 acres. Hence, the verb, first recorded 1872. Homesteader also is from 1872.