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Old October 21, 2002, 11:01 PM   #1
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Terminology: "Lands"?

We all know what are "lands" and "grooves" in a barrel's rifling.

"Grooves" seems obvious, but where did the term "Lands" come from?

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Old October 22, 2002, 03:11 AM   #2
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Art, the word 'land' from Webster's 1828 Dictionary:

7. The ground left unplowed between furrows, is by some of our farmers called a land.

The word 'groove' is listed in the same dictionary:

1. A furrow, channel, or long hollow cut by a tool. Among joiners, a channel in the edge of a molding, style or rail.

Just my guess.

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Old October 22, 2002, 04:04 PM   #3
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Not to mention if you're out sailing, the "land" is higher than the surrounding water.
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Old October 22, 2002, 08:24 PM   #4
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Thanx, Steven; that makes sense.

johnwill, go to your room. Right now.

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Old October 23, 2002, 08:53 PM   #5
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Johnwill beat me to it.

A canal, as opposed to an aqueduct, is a groove in the land to carry water.

Hence, the land is higher than the water.

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Old October 24, 2002, 08:39 AM   #6
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Old October 24, 2002, 09:26 PM   #7
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There is also the suidae factor.

In Victorian times, the landed gentry lived higher off the hog than the groovy commoners.

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