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soft landing

noun

Simple Definition of soft landing

  • : a landing in which an airplane, a spacecraft, etc., touches the ground in a controlled and gradual way that does not damage it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of soft landing

  1. :  a landing in which an airplane, a spacecraft, etc., touches the ground in a controlled and gradual way that does not damage it <The lunar module made a soft landing on the moon.> —often used figuratively to describe an ending or solution that is not difficult or harmful <Market analysts are predicting a soft landing for the economy after the economic boom.>

Word by Word Definitions

softplay
  1. :  pleasing or agreeable to the senses :  bringing ease, comfort, or quiet

    :  having a bland or mellow rather than a sharp or acid taste

    :  not bright or glaring :  subdued

  1. :  in a soft or gentle manner :  softly

  1. :  a soft object, material, or part

landingplay
  1. :  an act or process of one that lands

    :  a going or bringing to a surface (as land or shore) after a voyage or flight

    :  a place for discharging and taking on passengers and cargo


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