noun, often attributive
\ˈland \

Definition of land 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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


landed; landing; lands

Definition of land (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to set or put on shore from a ship : disembark

2a : 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

3a : to catch and bring in land a fish

b : gain, secure land a job landed the leading role

intransitive verb

1a : to go ashore from a ship : disembark

b of a ship or boat : to touch at a place on shore

2a : 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


biographical name
\ˈland \

Definition of Land (Entry 3 of 3)

Edwin Herbert 1909–1991 American inventor and industrialist

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Other Words from land


landless \ ˈland-​ləs \ adjective
landlessness \ ˈland-​ləs-​nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for land

Synonyms: Noun

commonwealth, country, nation, sovereignty (also sovranty), state

Synonyms: Verb

bag, capture, catch, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of land in a Sentence


the land along the highway The land stretched as far as you could see. They cleared some land to grow crops. After two days of sailing, we were miles from land. They invaded the country by land and by sea. They own land in Alaska. They bought some land and built a house. His lands extend as far as the eye can see. He was the most powerful politician in the land. the lands of the Far East


The plane landed on the runway. We watched the seaplanes landing on the water. The bird landed in a tree. A butterfly landed on the flower. Our flight was scheduled to land in Pittsburgh at 4:00. It was raining heavily at the airport when we landed. The pilot was able to land the plane on the runway. The golf ball landed in the trees. I could not see where the ball landed. The cat fell from the tree but landed on its feet.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aquarius is represented by the water bearer, the mystical healer who bestows water, or life, upon the land. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 Unlike a traditional farmer, who may work his land for 50 years and in that time get only 50 growing seasons to experiment with, a Square Roots farmer can iterate endlessly until: spinach. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 To borrow Cheryl’s words, the Blossom family committed Riverdale’s original sin: the genocide of an indigenous people in order to steal and profit from their land. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "The Best "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories, According to Reddit," 1 Oct. 2018 By the time those visitors to the Quijos Valley were writing home about its pristine forests, Ecuador had won its independence from Spain, and people were already moving back into the valley and clearing its land for cattle grazing and settlements. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 2018 The idea is to give them the land and waive some of our fees that are put in place so the project is built. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee gives land to developers planning to build apartment buildings," 10 July 2018 Two years later, the couple also formed the nonprofit Florida Scrub-Jay Consortium to unite the private property owners working to save the birds on their land. Kate Santich,, "Lake couple create haven for rare Scrub-Jays and young fans," 6 July 2018 The lake's dam, for which 600 families were removed from their land, was built in wartime to supply the electricity needed to make aircraft aluminum. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Feds broke promises to NC county for 75 years. A big bank deposit changed all that.," 3 July 2018 The development plan now moves to the Aug. 14 meeting of county commissioners, who will decide whether to amend Seminole’s comprehensive plan and future land use map to allow the development project to move forward. Martin E. Comas,, "East Seminole residents express relief after board rejects rural development but ready for future battles," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After announcing plans for a second, massive North American headquarters the equal of its presence in Seattle last September, cities scrambled to assemble bids to land Amazon, and threw themselves, and tax breaks, at the company. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 winner appears to be both New York and Crystal City, Virginia," 6 Nov. 2018 However, the Starliner is designed to land on US soil, so there’s no need for a recovery boat. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s helipad-equipped boat will bring astronauts safely home," 5 Nov. 2018 Given Vertigo and SpringHill’s first look deals, Warner Bros. is expected to land the film. Fox News, "LeBron James tapped to produce 'Friday the 13th' reboot: report," 23 Oct. 2018 Using a technique called crabbing, Wassink was able to land at a severe angle through Storm Callum so that the Boeing 757-200 nose was in the midst of the wind until just before touching down on the tarmac. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a 757 Land Practically Sideways in Gale Force Winds," 19 Oct. 2018 That can help determine what kind of testing might be necessary to land on a diagnosis, if any. 2. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Cold All the Time," 16 Oct. 2018 Online giants like Amazon aren’t the only places to land deals on Cyber Monday. Jolie Peters, House Beautiful, "Where To Land The Best Cyber Monday Deals Of 2018," 14 Oct. 2018 Going into last season, Ellenson impressed enough in offseason workouts and the preseason to land a spot in the playing rotation. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Coach O's words soothed Detroit Pistons' Henry Ellenson in trying year," 13 July 2018 Alas, the zoo’s efforts to land Geoffrey the giraffe might be a stretch. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Zoo’s efforts to ‘adopt’ Toys R Us mascot might be a stretch," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of land


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for land


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

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English Language Learners Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of land (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


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Kids Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

Other Words from land

landless \ -​ləs \ adjective


landed; landing

Kids Definition of land (Entry 2 of 2)

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



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 rightsCalifornia Public Resources Code

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