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.
Recent Examples on the Web As for major storms, CSU predicted the entire continental U.S. coastline has a 68% chance of seeing a Category 3 hurricane or higher make landfall. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2022 Almost three years ago, the Category 5 hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas with some of the strongest winds ever to make landfall in the Atlantic. Taras Grescoe, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2022 The probability for a major hurricane to make landfall along the entire U.S. coastline is 75% (the average for the last century is 52%). Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 7 July 2022 The storm is expected to make landfall in the western part of the coastal province of Guangdong later Saturday., 2 July 2022 The storm is bolting westward at 20 mph, and is forecast to make landfall near the border of Nicaragua and Costa Rica on Friday night, where tropical storm warnings are in effect. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 It was expected to continue on a path westward and could eventually make landfall in Nicaragua as a tropical storm this weekend. Leigh Morgan, al, 29 June 2022 Otto made landfall on Costa Rica’s Caribbean side as a Category 3 hurricane before heading across that thin strip of land into the Pacific. Leigh Morgan, al, 2 July 2022 Tropical storm warnings were issued in Osceola and Brevard counties along with other areas along the Treasure Coast as Potential Tropical Cyclone One made landfall and storms brewed throughout Friday afternoon. Cristóbal Reyes, Orlando Sentinel, 4 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of landfall

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Aug 2022

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“Landfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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