metes and bounds
metes and bounds /'mēts-ənd-'bau̇ndz/ n pl [translation of Anglo-French metes et boundes]: the boundaries or limits of a tract of land esp. as described by reference to lines and distances between points on the land

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

metes and bounds
n.
Boundaries of property; a method of measuring and describing land boundaries using distances and angles from surrounding properties and landmarks.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


metes and bounds
From an old term meaning measures and directions, a method of coming up with a "legal description" of a parcel of real estate that is much more precise than a street address or parcel number. The description exactly describes the perimeter of the property,using carefully measured distances, angles, and directions. The description must start at an identifiable point and end there as well. It is recorded in the county land records office in the county where the property is located.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Selling a House

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


metes and bounds
n. The objective measurement of real property from recognized landmarks so as to situate it precisely in a description to be used in legal documents, such as deeds.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


metes and bounds
The boundary lines of land, with their terminal points and angles. A way of describing land by listing the compass directions and distances of the boundaries. It is often used in connection with the Government Survey System.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


metes and bounds
The boundary lines of land, with their terminal points and angles. A way of describing land by listing the compass directions and distances of the boundaries. It is often used in connection with the Government Survey System.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

metes and bounds
   (meets and bounds)
n.
   a surveyor's description of a parcel of real property, using carefully measured distances, angles and directions, which results in what is called a "legal description" of the land, as distinguished from merely a street address or parcel number. Such a metes and bounds description is required to be recorded in official county records on a subdivision map and in the deeds when the boundaries of a parcel or lot are first drawn.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Metes and bounds — is a system or method of describing land, real property (in contrast to personal property) or real estate. The system has been used in England for many centuries, and is still used there in the definition of general boundaries. By custom, it was… …   Wikipedia

  • metes and bounds — [mēts] n. [see METE2] Law the precisely described boundary lines of a parcel of land, as found in a deed …   English World dictionary

  • metes and bounds — /meets/ the boundaries or limits of a piece of land. [1275 1325; late ME; trans. of AF metes et boundes. See METE2, BOUND3] * * * ▪ land description       limits or boundaries of a tract of land as identified by natural landmarks, such as rivers …   Universalium

  • metes and bounds — noun plural Etymology: translation of Anglo French metes et boundes 1. : the boundaries or limits of a tract of land; specifically : the boundaries of land established by reference to natural or artificial monuments along it (as a stream, ditch,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • metes and bounds — A name for a type of property description used to identify parcels of land for which the legal identification is expressed in surveying terms. Metes means measurements and bounds means boundaries. A metes and bounds description gives the length… …   Financial and business terms

  • metes and bounds — noun a) The limits of a piece of land as defined by reference to lines and/or points on the land. b) A description of a piece of land consisting of both measurements (metes) of the land and owners of land which is adjacent to (bounds) it …   Wiktionary

  • metes and bounds — /miyts an bawndz/ The boundary lines of land, with their terminal points and angles. A way of describing land by listing the compass directions and distances of the boundaries. It is often used in connection with the Government Survey System. See …   Black's law dictionary

  • metes and bounds — /miyts an bawndz/ The boundary lines of land, with their terminal points and angles. A way of describing land by listing the compass directions and distances of the boundaries. It is often used in connection with the Government Survey System. See …   Black's law dictionary

  • metes and bounds — The boundary lines and marks of a piece of land. A means of description of land in a deed. 23 Am J2d Deeds § 228 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • metes and bounds — (Law) precise boundaries of a piece of land as detailed in a deed …   English contemporary dictionary

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