from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A house, especially a farmhouse, with adjoining buildings and land.
- n. Law Property designated by a householder as the householder's home and protected by law from forced sale to meet debts.
- n. Land claimed by a settler or squatter, especially under the Homestead Act.
- n. The place where one's home is.
- intransitive v. To settle and farm land, especially under the Homestead Act.
- transitive v. To claim and settle (land) as a homestead.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a house together with surrounding land and buildings, especially on a farm
- n. the place that is one's home
- n. A cluster of several houses occupied by an extended family
- v. To acquire or settle on land as a homestead.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The home place; a home and the inclosure or ground immediately connected with it.
- n. The home or seat of a family; place of origin.
- n. The home and appurtenant land and buildings owned by the head of a family, and occupied by him and his family.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A family's dwelling-place, with the inclosure or ground immediately contiguous; an abode; a home.
- n. In law, real property owned by the head of a family and occupied by the family as a home.
- n. Native seat; station or place of residence.
- n. Same as Homestead Act.
- To acquire as one's established homestead or residence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
- v. settle land given by the government and occupy it as a homestead
- n. the home and adjacent grounds occupied by a family
- n. dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
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