metes and bounds

noun plural
\ ˈmēts-ənd-ˈbau̇ndz \

Legal Definition of metes and bounds

: the boundaries or limits of a tract of land especially as described by reference to lines and distances between points on the land

History and Etymology for metes and bounds

translation of Anglo-French metes et boundes

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“Metes and bounds.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/metes%20and%20bounds. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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