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The complete and absolute ownership of land. Also the real estate so owned. The inherent sovereign power claimed by the legislature of a state, of controlling private property for public uses, is termed the right of eminent domain.

National domain is sometimes applied to the aggregate of the property owned directly by a nation. Public domain embraces all lands, the title to which is in the United States, including land occupied for the purposes of federal buildings, arsenals, dock-yards, and so on, and land of an agricultural or mineral character not yet granted to private owners.

Sphere of influence. Range of control or rule; realm.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

DOMAIN. It signifies sometimes, dominion, territory governed - sometimes, possession, estate - and sometimes, land about the mansion house of a lord. By domain is also understood the right to dispose at our pleasure of what belongs to us.
     2. A distinction, has been made between property and domain. The former is said to be that quality which is conceived to be in the thing itself, considered as belonging to such or such person, exclusively of all others. By the latter is understood that right which the owner has of disposing of the thing. Hence domain and property are said to be correlative terms; the one is the active right to dispose, the other a passive quality which follows the thing, and places it at the disposition of the owner. 3 Toull. n. 8 3. But this distinction is too subtle for practical use. Puff. Droit de la Nature et des Gens, loi 4, c. 4, Sec. 2. Vide 1 B1. Com. 105, 106; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 456; Clef des Lois Rom. h.t.; Domat, h.t.; 1 Hill. Ab. 24; 2 Hill. Ab. 237; and Demesne as Of fee; Property; Things.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Table 1: The distribution of marine species with AA in different kingdom or superkingdom. Kingdom or Number of Number of species Superkingdom (#) species (%) (a) with AA (%) (b) Metazoa 870 (79.74%) 92 (10.57%) Viridiplantae 89 (8.16%) 45 (50.56%) Others in Eukaryota (#) 123 (11.27%) 51 (41.46%) Bacteria (#) 9 (0.82%) 6 (66.67%) Total 1,091 (100%) 194 (17.78%) (a) Percentage derived from division with the total number of species within all kingdom and superkingdom combined (n = 1,091).
The phylogenetic trees were generated by using the NCBI taxonomy-based automatic tree generator against known families in the Bacteria, Viridiplantae, and Metazoa kingdoms or superkingdoms [24, 29].
Caetano-Anolles, "The evolutionary history of protein fold families and proteomes confirms that the archaeal ancestor is more ancient than the ancestors of other superkingdoms," BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol.
Caetano-Anolles, "Giant viruses coexisted with the cellular ancestors and represent a distinct supergroup along with superkingdoms Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya," BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol.
Caetano-Anolles, "Global patterns of protein domain gain and loss in superkingdoms," PLoS Computational Biology, vol.
From a cladistics perspective, traits unique to a superkingdom are autapomorphies, derived features that are unique to terminal groups.
Archaeal evolution was primarily influenced by genome reduction while that of Bacteria by two contrasting phases: (i) a period of early innovation that coincides with the rise and diversification of the bacterial superkingdom, and (ii) a postdivergence period of this lineage exhibiting relatively late genome reduction events.
Modern organisms can be classified into three primary cellular superkingdoms, Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya [1].
Our comparative approach involves the analysis of how superkingdoms, and their organismal constituents, relate to each other in terms of global sharing of genomic features.
To further confirm the early origins of the archaeal superkingdom and inspired by a model of persistence strategies for cellular diversification [48], we calculated metrics for economy (total number of unique [GO.sub.TMF] terms in a genome), flexibility (total redundant number of [GO.sub.TMF] terms in a genome), and robustness (ratio of flexibility to economy) for all genomes in our dataset.
In turn, the new ToL supported previously published analysis of similar kind where the use of conserved protein domain and RNA structures led to topologies favoring an ancient thermophilic origin of the archaeal superkingdom and the three-domain topology [15, 17].
Bourne, "The origin of a derived superkingdom: how a gram-positive bacterium crossed the desert to become an archaeon," Biology Direct, vol.