land·​fall | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌfȯl How to pronounce landfall (audio) \

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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Barry is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane Saturday morning and will affect millions of Americans from the Gulf Coast through the Mississippi Valley. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Here's how storms and hurricanes get their memorable names," 13 July 2019 The National Weather Service in Mobile was watching rotating storms move over the Gulf and on shore and is expecting more heavy rain over southwest Alabama at times today as Barry makes landfall. Leigh Morgan,, "Hurricane Barry bringing torrential rain to parts of Alabama; what else is coming?," 13 July 2019 That was true of several hurricanes that made landfall since 2017, including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as last year's Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Disasters Collide as Tropical Storm Barry Heads Ashore," 12 July 2019 If all goes as predicted, the storm would likely make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane somewhere between the mouth of the Mississippi River and eastern Texas. Tonya Alanez,, "Barry spins into first predicted hurricane of 2019," 11 July 2019 Houston is still in recovery from Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on August 17, 2017. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "New Orleans Floods, Braces For Potential Tropical Storm To Make Landfall As Hurricane Barry," 10 July 2019 The shadow then races across the open ocean until the eclipse makes landfall again, on the South American continent in central Chile. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "How to watch South America’s total eclipse from anywhere," 2 July 2019 Authorities have evacuated nearly 300,000 people from India’s western coastline ahead of a very severe cyclone that’s expected to make landfall as the year’s second major storm. Washington Post, "India’s west coast hunkers down as Cyclone Vayu approaches," 13 June 2019 Though not as severe as Fani and unlikely to make landfall, Vayu could leave dangerous conditions in its wake, Indian authorities cautioned. Fox News, "Cyclone batters fishing hub but veers away from Indian coast," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of landfall

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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