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 More than 100 intersections were without traffic signals following Hurricane Zeta’s landfall in Alabama on October 28. al, 9 June 2021 It is expected to make landfall between Paradip and Sagar islands by midday Wednesday local time. Taylor Ward And Jackson Dill, CNN, 24 May 2021 Ahead of the storm reaching landfall, ensure all outdoor furniture, décor garbage and recycling cans are moved to a safe place indoors. Mike Gorham,, 20 May 2021 Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in India as a severe cyclone barreled toward landfall on India’s northwest state of Gujarat Sunday evening. New York Times, 16 May 2021 The Bio-Lab pool-and-spa-treatment-products factory experienced a devastating fire on the morning of Aug. 27, 2020, following the landfall of Hurricane Laura. Nathan Bomey And Eli Golde, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 On that morning about 20 hours before Katrina's landfall, Ricks used a wind-warning template that had been created that year by the Tampa, Fla., office of the weather service for possible use in Florida hurricanes. Mark Schleifstein,, 26 Dec. 2020 That’s when the NHC forecast track has the storm continuing its zig-zag path and head back east for landfall on Florida’s west coast by Friday. Richard Tribou,, 9 Nov. 2020 According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian Mcnoldy, Hurricane Zeta marked the fifth landfall during the state, three of which were hurricanes. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of landfall

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of landfall was in 1627

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12 Jun 2021

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“Landfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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