land·​fill | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌfil How to pronounce landfill (audio) \

Definition of landfill

1 : an area built up by landfill
2 : a system of trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried between layers of earth to build up low-lying land

called also sanitary landfill

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Examples of landfill in a Sentence

using landfill to dispose of trash Part of the city was built on landfill.
Recent Examples on the Web The material is so toxic that the processor mixes it with kiln dust, a by-product of making cement, after which it's incinerated before the residue is dumped at a hazardous-waste landfill. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "State and feds announce new way to combat 'green slime' still flowing in Madison Heights," 1 July 2020 Millennium Park is a 100-acre park in the West Roxbury neighborhood with hiking trails, accessible walking trails, fields and a canoe launch (formerly a landfill and covered by dirt excavated from the Big Dig). Washington Post, "As summer gets underway, a look at this year’s 10 best U.S. cities for parks," 26 June 2020 All the while last year’s gadget ends up collecting dust at the back of a closet, or worse, taking up space in a landfill. Michael Park, CNN Underscored, "Take on tech’s trash problem with Decluttr," 24 June 2020 All of which means that much of the plastic produced this year is ending up either in landfill sites or being incinerated. The Economist, "Sea of troubles Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution," 22 June 2020 These choices range from our enthusiasm for landfill to the city planner Robert Moses’s decision to silo the poor in huge housing projects on the Rockaways, a difficult-to-access barrier spit. Willa Glickman, The New York Review of Books, "New York’s Rising Tides: Climate Inequality and Sandy’s Legacy," 19 Mar. 2020 However, workers have to shut down the pumps, manually unclog them and haul the garbage to a landfill when things get too bad. USA TODAY, "State fair upheaval, sewage testing, new mask rules: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2020 The Senate proposal keeps about $990 million for landfill remediation, land conservation and cleanup for local governments. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Georgia Senate Appropriations Committee rolls out budget plan with $2.6B in cuts," 18 June 2020 The road, after all, did lead right to a county landfill. John Archibald |, al, "Governments: Stop naming things for people," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of landfill

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jul 2020

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“Landfill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of landfill

: a system in which waste materials are buried under the ground
: an area where waste is buried under the ground


land·​fill | \ ˈland-ˌfil How to pronounce landfill (audio) \

Kids Definition of landfill

1 : a system of garbage and trash disposal in which waste is buried between layers of earth
2 : an area built up by such a landfill

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