land·​fall | \ˈlan(d)-ˌfȯl \

Definition of landfall 

1 : a sighting of land after a voyage or flight

2 : a reaching of land (as by a traveler, craft, or storm)

3 : the land first sighted on a voyage or flight

Examples of landfall in a Sentence

From the deck of the boat, we saw our first landfall.

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As forecasters have suggested for the last day or so, Michael will make landfall on Wednesday, likely during the afternoon hours, along the Florida Panhandle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Michael is now a major hurricane, and it may get a bit stronger," 9 Oct. 2018 That news trajectory is in sharp relief right now in North Carolina, where Hurricane Florence made landfall to much fanfare more than a week ago. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Drove a Pickup Full of Supplies to a Town Flooded by Florence, and Here Is What I Saw," 25 Sep. 2018 On Thursday morning, as millions of people along the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, President Donald Trump fixated on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and denied the deaths of nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "Here’s How You Can Still Help Puerto Rico If You’re Not a Sitting U.S. President," 17 Sep. 2018 Hurricane Helene, meanwhile, is a Category 2 storm that's so deep in the Atlantic it likely won't make landfall. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hurricane Florence Will Mess With Your Travel Plans," 13 Sep. 2018 Despite a busy Pacific storm season, Willa was the first major hurricane to make landfall in Mexico this year. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Mexico Deals With Storm Damage as Willa Weakens," 24 Oct. 2018 According to an earlier pre-landfall analysis by, hurricane warnings have been issued across an area containing roughly 758,000 households, impacting a region with approximately $160 billion worth of residential property. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Hurricane Michael: Real estate experts anticipate billions in storm damage," 10 Oct. 2018 The storm is still moving steadily at 17 mph and is expected to make landfall by early tomorrow morning (Friday) at the latest. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Florence Makes Landfall, Hundreds Already Need Evacuation," 14 Sep. 2018 Harvey’s intensified winds before landfall stunned Texas, then its rainfall created a slow-motion catastrophe. Hal Boedeker,, "'Superstorms' sends scary hurricane warning," 21 June 2018

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1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of landfall

: the land that is first seen or reached after a journey by sea or air

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