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
Somewhere in the middle, Dany makes landfall at her family’s castle.
Last month, Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border, soaking South Louisiana with heavy rains in the process.
Everyone’s stress is at a nine (10 if Hurricane Barry makes landfall).
Cindy formed Tuesday and made landfall along the Gulf Coast early Thursday, weakening to a tropical depression.
The last tropical system to make landfall on the Texas coast was Tropical Storm Bill in June 2015.
The storm made landfall in the Gulf Coast Thursday morning, but circulation from the system is bringing moisture across the southeast United States.
Flooding and power outages were already reported early Wednesday, almost a full day before the storm was forecast to make landfall.
Tropical Storm CIndy made landfall along the Texas-Louisiana coastline but any significant rainfall is expected to stay well to the east of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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First Known Use of landfall
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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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