public land


Definition of public land 

: land owned by a government specifically : that part of the U.S. public domain subject to sale or disposal under the homestead laws

Examples of public land in a Sentence

the management of public lands The government will auction off 20 parcels of public land.

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That figure includes 700,000 acres of new leases on public land in and around the Greater Little Mountain area, south of Rock Springs. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes," 10 July 2018 An Oregon jury convicted the Hammonds of arson on public lands in 2012. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "President Trump Grants Pardons for Oregon Ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond," 10 July 2018 Following a successful delivery in the U.K. in December of last year, the company has now completed the first autonomous Prime Air delivery on public land in the US. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Amazon's First Successful Drone Delivery On U.S. Soil," 24 Mar. 2017 Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. CBS News, "Trump pardons Hammond ranchers in case that inspired 2016 Oregon militia occupation," 10 July 2018 The park has the only known dinosaur footprints on public land in Bexar County believed to be 110 million-year-old. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "State parks abound in the San Antonio area," 11 June 2018 There’s a larger debate of whether public land should be used for private gain. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: MLS proposal is short on details, long on questions | Commentary," 13 July 2018 In 2012, a jury found the Hammonds guilty of setting two fires that blazed onto public land; Dwight was sentenced to three months (he was involved only in the first fire) and Steven one year in prison. Jake Bullinger, Outside Online, "Trump’s Pardon Condones Western Rebellion," 12 July 2018 Mr Neumann is currently bidding against Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla and SpaceX, for the right to develop a large tract of public land near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of public land

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public land was in 1789

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English Language Learners Definition of public land

: land that is owned and taken care of by the government

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Legal Definition of public land 

: land owned by a government

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