Metes and Bounds

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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.

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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 record on a subdivision map and in the deeds when the boundaries of a parcel or lot are first drawn.

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* Describe the metes and bounds system of land identification.
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At the end of this computer lab seminar, participants will be able to: understand the terms involved with metes and bounds descriptions; handle inputs to the computer; merge multiple parcels, with both sections and metes and bounds formats; calculate areas and closure precision of individual parcels, measure overlaps or gaps; and deal with poorly written or incomplete descriptions.