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, 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

Should the village pass on the state’s offer to buy the land, the property would be put up for auction, according to village manager Dave Niemeyer. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 The Beacon Hill land, which is 250 to 300 feet above sea level, will be annexed by the city of Waller, Wolff said. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Wolff Cos. bets on the U.S. 290 for its next development," 13 July 2018 The town owns 1,750 acres of land, 1,400 of which are parks and other open spaces. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "South Windsor Seeking An Additional $2 Million For Open Space Preservation," 12 July 2018 Down on land, researchers had been registering signals of mysterious energetic particles on their instruments. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "What's a Blazar? A Galactic Bakery for Cosmic Rays," 12 July 2018 The Irish no longer viewed Israel as the underdog struggling for national rights, but instead as a foreign occupier on someone else's land (the Palestinians), similar to the Irish experience with British control over Northern Ireland. Sean Savage, Jewish Journal, "Ireland goes ahead with legislation to boycott products made in Israeli settlements," 12 July 2018 The analysis compared the health of people who had the least amount of access to green space — defined as open, undeveloped land, parks and street greenery — with those who had the most. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Massive new study review confirms nature nurtures your health," 12 July 2018 Even though roughly half of all Indians still toil on the land, agriculture’s share of GDP has steadily shrivelled (see top chart). The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 In this post-apocalyptic land, women reign by default. Rebecca Farley,, "Diane Lane Is Coming To FX In Pilot Y, About A Future Where There's Only One Man Left," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Every week, the show dominates the primetime TV landscape and regularly lands the coveted number one spot thanks to its estimated 11.3 million fans. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Contestants Spill All the Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of the Show," 10 July 2018 The name was chosen to honor the Windsor Locks 1965 Little League World Champions and the championship UConn teams, all of which have landed at Bradley upon their return to Connecticut. Gregory B. Hladky, Courant Community, "A Long Island Developer Wants To Build A $200 Million Sports Complex In Windsor Locks," 9 July 2018 By Nina Strochlic Photographs and Video by Robin Hammond PUBLISHED June 20, 2018 In the fall of 2015, Essam Daod was standing on the beach in Lesbos, Greece, when a crowded rubber dinghy packed with refugees landed ashore. Robin Hammond, National Geographic, "After Fleeing War, Refugee Children Face Lasting Psychological Trauma," 20 June 2018 Waddell’s creation has survived several bids to raze it over the past century, landing a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. Matthew Segal, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Complicated Case of the Colorado Street Bridge," 18 June 2018 Her next role, as '70s mom Bonnie Nolan in American Woman (June 7 on Paramount Network), is set to land her back in the spotlight and at the top of must-watch lists. Tiffany Blackstone, Redbook, "Alicia Silverstone Opens Up About How She Balances Being a Mom, an Actor, and an Activist," 18 June 2018 This surprise will land on Dad's doorstep monthly, and can include everything from artisinal cocktail making kits to designer socks. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "The ultimate Father's Day guide: The top deals and gifts to shop right now," 13 June 2018 Brad Pitt's Plan B exec produces the series, which landed at Starz following a multiple-network bidding war. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetbitter' Renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 An 18-wheeler crashed off a North Loop feeder, landing partially off a bridge and spilling its load of produce into the bayou below, according to Metro Video. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "18-wheeler carrying produce overturns in NE Houston," 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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