crash-landed; crash-landing; crash-lands

transitive verb

: to land (an airplane or spacecraft) under emergency conditions usually with damage to the craft

intransitive verb

: to crash-land an airplane or spacecraft
crash landing noun

Examples of crash-land in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pilot of a single-engine plane crash-landed in a Compton neighborhood near the airport Wednesday morning. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 That total includes the 2,753 who died after the planes struck the Twin Towers, 184 people at the Pentagon and 40 people who died when Flight 93 crash-landed in Pennsylvania. USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 That spacecraft released an impact probe that was intentionally crash-landed, stirring up moon debris that the orbiter could analyze. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2023 Their quiet lives change when an alien spaceship crash-lands in Milton’s backyard, which is conveniently remote and protected from nosy neighbors by a tall fence. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 Read full article The titular alien’s ship crash-lands in the backyard of Milton (Ben Kingsley), a resident of the fictional western Pennsylvania town of Boonton. Odie Henderson,, 8 Aug. 2023 Its first lunar probe, the Chandrayaan-1, orbited the moon and was then deliberately crash-landed onto the lunar surface in 2008. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 7 Aug. 2023 The pilot of a small plane that crash-landed near a runway at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on July 15 after suffering a medical emergency has died, according to officials. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 24 July 2023 The 79-year-old Connecticut man who crash-landed a small plane at Martha’s Vineyard Airport on July 15 died at a hospital Thursday night, the Cape and Islands District attorney’s office said. Bailey Allen,, 22 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of crash-land was in 1941

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“Crash-land.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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: to land (an airplane or spacecraft) in an emergency usually with damage to it
crash landing noun

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