Origin of homesteading
- a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt.
- any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.
- a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act.
- a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading program.
- to acquire or settle on (land) as a homestead: Pioneers homesteaded the valley.
- to acquire or settle on a homestead: They homesteaded many years ago.
Origin of homestead
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Examples from the Web for homesteading
Abandoned realestate was declared forfeit and opened to homesteading.Greener Than You Think
And now they are homesteading, trying to get hold of land as fast as they can.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
We want to see how it will really seem to be homesteading all alone.Virginia of Elk Creek Valley
Mary Ellen Chase
Nothing strikes my fancy so much as homesteading—which I think you meant.The Homesteader
Don't try to keep him at home if homesteading looks good to him.Canada West 1914
- 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
- a house or estate and the adjoining land, buildings, etc, esp a farm
- (in the US) a house and adjoining land designated by the owner as his fixed residence and exempt under the homestead laws from seizure and forced sale for debts
- (in western Canada) a piece of land, usually 160 acres, granted to a settler by the federal government
- Australian and NZ the owner's or manager's residence on a sheep or cattle station; in New Zealand the term includes all outbuildings
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Word Origin and History for homesteading
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