Land-grant meaning

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A government grant of public land for a railroad, highway, or state college.
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An appropriation of public land by the government for a railroad, state college, etc.
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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.
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(US) A grant of land by the US government to encourage the development of western states, especially land transportation and practical higher education.
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Alternative spelling of land grant.
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Origin of land-grant

  • c. 1860

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