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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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 Alberto maintained subtropical characteristics until its Memorial Day landfall on the Florida Panhandle at Laguna Beach. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: Why was Alberto called a subtropical storm?," 4 June 2018 Near back-to-back landfalls from Harvey, Irma and Maria made 2017 the costliest season on record, and, with 10 hurricanes in a row, the seventh busiest. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "New hurricane center chief kicks off season with familiar warning: be prepared," 1 June 2018 Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25, 2017. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He was stopped for speeding — but got 75 years for stealing Harvey victims' identities," 31 May 2018 Alberto made landfall along the Florida panhandle as a subtropical storm yesterday. CBS News, "As Alberto drenches the Gulf Coast, inland flooding is now the focus," 29 May 2018

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1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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