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In American land law. The designation of the boundaries of a particular piece of land, either upon record or on the land itself. Mosby v. Carlaud, 1 Bibb. (Ky.) 84. The finding and marking out the bounds of a particular tract of land, upon the land itself, in conformity to a certain description contained iu an entry, grant, map, etc.; such description consisting in what are termed “locative calls.” Cunningham v. Browning, 1 Bland (Md.) 329. In mining law. The act of appropriating a “mining claim” (parcel of land containing precious metal in its soil or rock) according to certain established rules. It usually con- sists in placing on the ground, in a conspicuous position, a notice setting forth the name of the locator, the fact that it is thus taken or located, with the requisite description of the extent and boundaries of the parcel. St. Louis Smelting, etc., Co. v. Kemp, 104 U. S. 649, 26 L. Ed. 875. In a secondary sense, the mining claim covered by a single act of appropriation or location. Id. In Scotch law. A contract by which the temporary use of a subject, or the work or service of a person, is given for an ascertained hire. 1 Bell, Comm. 255.

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