Definition of homesteading in US English:



North American
  • 1Life as a settler on a homestead.

    • ‘In fact, Micheaux's homesteading in South Dakota in 1905 was relatively late in the history of African-American settlement west of the Mississippi River.’
    • ‘The heedless optimism that characterized the initial period of Montana's twentieth-century homesteading was in the air.’
    • ‘Sitting across the street from the train depot in Billings is a reminder of the promise of Montana homesteading and the living that some hardy families continue to carve between the buttes.’
    • ‘Just as homesteading was an economic decision so was leaving - they would be better off returning than staying.’
    • ‘In these books, Micheaux brings to the Great Plains the ideals of homesteading as cemented in the Homestead Act of 1862.’
    • ‘But my ultimate taste of weed ‘management’ was homesteading on the forested slopes of the Big Island of Hawaii.’
    • ‘Marlett puts these colonies and their leaders in historical context and in the larger framework of Depression era homesteading encouraged by federal funds.’
    • ‘She married William Ernest Jamieson in 1921 and they had one daughter, but their marriage fell apart after a miserable attempt at homesteading.’
    • ‘Omitted was any indication of her feelings about leaving, any apprehension or excitement about homesteading, or, other than not sleeping, how she withstood the trip.’
    • ‘Whereas Wister staunchly believed in the boundless opportunities for individual fortune in the West, Micheaux's attempts at homesteading proved otherwise for him.’
    • ‘Peggy experienced homesteading first-hand after her family moved from Great Falls to a claim near Sand Coulee when she was about six.’
    • ‘There's 103-year-old Roy Larkin Stamper, who remembers homesteading in Indian Territory and confides to Ellis his deep desire to remarry.’
    • ‘For anyone even thinking of homesteading, Gene Logsdon's books should be required reading.’
    • ‘I've read lots of books and magazines about self sufficiency and homesteading and your magazine has always been my favorite guide and reference.’
    • ‘Equally revealing is what compelled single women to engage in homesteading.’
    • ‘Strong markets for crops and livestock attracted hundreds of farmers and homesteading boomed, particularly between 1911 and 1917.’
    1. 1.1 The granting of homesteads to settlers.
      • ‘Remaining federal land west of the 100th Meridian, except in Washington and Alaska, was withdrawn from homesteading when the Taylor Grazing Act became law in 1934.’
      • ‘The USA has always stylized the founding of the West, from lottery like homesteading to the perverse pull of the rush for gold.’