from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of determining by measurement and computation the superficial contents of pieces of land in acres, roods, etc.
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This, however, was according to immemorial school-boy habit, and sometimes succeeded with my father, who was dreamy wherever the classics were not concerned, and regarded a mere land-measuring agricultural scholar as outside the bounds of human interest, if not of Christian charity.
It might be of the fields constituting a property; it might be of the stones in a wall; it might be of an irregular mosaic; or perhaps it might be only a school-boy's exercise in trigonometry for land-measuring.
He first travelled towards Gascony, working at his trade where he could find employment, and occasionally occupying part of his time in land-measuring.
Thus Palissy occupied about ten more years of his life, after which he married, and ceased from his wanderings, settling down to practise glass-painting and land-measuring at the small town of