land grantland grant
an appropriation of public land by the government for a railroad, state college, etc.
designating any of a number of colleges and universities originally given federal aid, esp. by land grants, on condition that they offer instruction in agriculture and the mechanical arts: they are now supported by the individual states with supplementary federal funds
A government grant of public land for a railroad, highway, or state college.
(plural land grants)
- (US) A grant of land by the US government to encourage the development of western states, especially land transportation and practical higher education.
- Alternative spelling of land grant.