In Roman law. Lauds belonging to the state by right of conquest, and approved or offered in plots. Sandars, Only. Inst. (5th Ed.) 98. In modern civil-law. Lands whose boundaries tend to be strictly restricted to the lines of government studies. Hardin v. Jordan, 140 U. S. 371, 11 Sup. Ct. 808, 35 L. Ed. 428.