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land

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noun, often attributive \ ˈland \

Definition of land

1 a :the solid part of the surface of the earth; also :a corresponding part of a celestial body (such as the moon)
b :ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality
  • dry land
c :the surface of the earth and all its natural resources
2 :a portion of the earth's solid surface distinguishable by boundaries or ownership
  • bought land in the country
: such as
a :country
  • the finest cheese in all the land
b :a rural area characterized by farming or ranching; also :farming or ranching as a way of life
  • wanted to move back to the land
3 :realm, domain
  • in the land of dreams
sometimes used in combination
  • TV-land
4 :the people of a country
  • the land rose in rebellion
5 :an area of a partly machined surface (such as the inside of a gun barrel) that is left without machining

landless

play \ˈland-ləs\ adjective

landlessness

play \ˈland-ləs-nəs\ noun

Examples of land in a Sentence

  1. the land along the highway

  2. The land stretched as far as you could see.

  3. They cleared some land to grow crops.

  4. After two days of sailing, we were miles from land.

  5. They invaded the country by land and by sea.

  6. They own land in Alaska.

  7. They bought some land and built a house.

  8. His lands extend as far as the eye can see.

  9. He was the most powerful politician in the land.

  10. the lands of the Far East

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Origin and Etymology of land

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lant land, Middle Irish lann


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land

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Definition of land

transitive verb
1 :to set or put on shore from a ship :disembark
2 a :to set down after conveying
b :to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place
  • never landed a punch
c :to bring to a specified condition
  • his wit landed him in trouble
d :to bring to a landing
  • land an airplane
e :to complete successfully by landing
  • the skater landed all her jumps
3 a :to catch and bring in
  • land a fish
b :gain, secure
  • land a job
  • landed the leading role
intransitive verb
1 a :to go ashore from a ship :disembark
b of a ship or boat :to touch at a place on shore
2 a :to come to the end of a course or to a stage in a journey :arrive
  • took a wrong turn and landed on a dead-end street
b :to come to be in a condition or situation
  • landed in jail
c :to strike or meet a surface (as after a fall)
  • landed on my head
d :to alight on a surface

Examples of land in a Sentence

  1. The plane landed on the runway.

  2. We watched the seaplanes landing on the water.

  3. The bird landed in a tree.

  4. A butterfly landed on the flower.

  5. Our flight was scheduled to land in Pittsburgh at 4:00.

  6. It was raining heavily at the airport when we landed.

  7. The pilot was able to land the plane on the runway.

  8. The golf ball landed in the trees.

  9. I could not see where the ball landed.

  10. The cat fell from the tree but landed on its feet.

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First Known Use of land

13th century

land Synonyms

Synonyms
anchor, dock, make port
Antonyms
go, leave
Related Words
berth, moor, tie up; beach, ground; harbor; arrive, reach, show up, turn up; debark, disembark
Near Antonyms
embark, launch, sail

Land

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biographical name \ ˈland \

Definition of Land

Edwin Herbert 1909–1991 American inventor and industrialist

LAND Defined for English Language Learners

land

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Definition of land for English Language Learners

  • : the solid part of the surface of the Earth : an area of ground

  • : an area of the earth's solid surface that is owned by someone

  • : a country or nation


land

verb

Definition of land for English Language Learners

  • : to return to the ground or another surface after a flight

  • : to cause (an airplane, helicopter, etc.) to return to the ground or another surface after a flight

  • : to hit or come to a surface after falling or moving through the air


LAND Defined for Kids

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land

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noun \ ˈland \

Definition of land for Students

1 :the solid part of the surface of the earth
2 :an area of ground or soil of a particular kind
  • fertile land
3 :a part of the earth's surface marked off by boundaries
  • They bought some land.
4 :a country or nation
  • your native land
5 :the people of a country
  • All the land rose in rebellion.

landless

\-ləs\ adjective

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land

verb

Definition of land for Students

landed; landing
1 :to go ashore or cause to go ashore from a ship
  • The troops landed on the island.
2 :to come down or bring down and settle on a surface
  • The airplane landed.
3 :to hit or come to a surface
  • I fell and landed on my back.
4 :to be or cause to be in a particular place or condition
  • He landed in jail.
5 :to catch and bring in
  • land a fish
6 :to succeed in getting
  • land a job

Headscratcher for land

Airplanes usually land on land. But some planes can come to rest on water. When this happens, it is still called a landing.


Law Dictionary

land

noun

legal Definition of land

1 :an area of the earth usually inclusive of improvements, bodies of water, and natural or man-made objects and extending indefinitely upward and downward — compare air right
2 :an estate, interest, or right in land
  • land means both surface and mineral rights
  • California Public Resources Code


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