Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Roman law. Lands belonging to the state by right of conquest, and granted or sold in plots. Sandars, Just. Inst. (5th Ed.) 98. In modern civil law. Lands whose boundaries are strictly limited by the lines of government surveys. Hardin v. Jordan, 140 U. S. 371, 11 Sup. Ct. 808, 35 In Ed. 428.