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 of landfall from the Web
It is located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west-southwest of Puerto Angel and expected to make landfall later Thursday.
Beatriz was headed northeast at about 5 mph (7 kph) and expected to make landfall by tonight.
Previously, the name had been used for a storm in 1956, which hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. East Coast, and another in 1961, which never made landfall.
Tropical Storm Mora is expected to make landfall early Tuesday as a Category 1 cyclone.
Mora is forecast to make landfall near the southeastern tourist city of Cox's Bazar and the seaport city of Chittagong, the Bangladesh Meteorological Agency said.
Eight days later, at about 5 a.m. Aug. 24, a Monday, Hurricane Andrew made landfall near Elliott Key, the northernmost of the Florida Keys, with wind speeds that were later determined to have topped 165 mph.
The family tree reveals that the virus may have made landfall in Brazil sometime in late 2013 or early 2014, probably arriving from a group of Pacific islands then in the grips of an outbreak.
The day Hurricane Sandy made landfall, the Jersey City, New Jersey, warehouse for food distribution giant Sysco Corp. (SYY) sent out 30,000 cases of food and drinks.
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Definition of landfall for English Language Learners
: the land that is first seen or reached after a journey by sea or air
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