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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This is in contrast to recent major storms, such as Harvey in 2017 and Florence in 2018, which made landfall in the United States and then stalled out. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Michael is now a major hurricane, and it may get a bit stronger," 9 Oct. 2018 Florence made landfall in North Carolina near Wilmington as a hurricane, then slowed down to a sluggish 2 miles per hour. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 More on the economy Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida on Oct. 10. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "U.S. Jobless Claims Dropped Last Week," 1 Nov. 2018 The category four hurricane, which made landfall in Florida on October 10, claimed 35 lives and destroyed many homes, including the residence of Luke Bryan's mom, LeClaire Bryan. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Devastating Photos Show Luke Bryan's Mother's Home Destroyed By Hurricane Michael," 23 Oct. 2018 In southern Georgia’s Dooly County, about 175 miles inland from where Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle, cotton farmers and pecan growers were met with violent winds just weeks away from harvesting. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Broken Pecan Trees, Ruined Cotton Harvest: Georgia Counts Michael’s Cost," 17 Oct. 2018 Tropical Storm Olivia crossed the state Wednesday, making landfall on Maui and Lanai islands along the way. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Tropical storm dumps rain on Hawaii while crossing state," 13 Sep. 2018 Planning is cast aside The eye of Hurricane Irma made landfall on Cudjoe Key, near Mile Marker 22, at 9 a.m. Sept. 10. Jim Defede, miamiherald, "'Millions of dollars of wasteful spending.' A look at Gov. Scott's post-Irma debris deals," 29 June 2018 Border Patrol agents from the San Clemente Station were notified around 6:40 a.m. that a 20-foot boat had made landfall on the beach, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Boat found abandoned on O.C. beach may have been used for human smuggling," 11 June 2018

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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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