) KEY NOUN:
- A house, especially a farmhouse, with adjoining buildings and land.
- Law Property designated by a householder as the householder's home and protected by law from forced sale to meet debts.
- Land claimed by a settler or squatter, especially under the Homestead Act.
- The place where one's home is.
, home·steads VERB: intr.
- To settle and farm land, especially under the Homestead Act.
- To claim and settle (land) as a homestead.