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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landfill transitive verb

Synonyms for landfill


dump, sanitary landfill, tip [chiefly British]

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Examples of landfill in a Sentence

using landfill to dispose of trash Part of the city was built on landfill.

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New details emerged Wednesday, two days after authorities in Bartow County, Ga., reported the discovery of a woman’s dismembered remains in a local landfill. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Body found in landfill was cut into multiple pieces, sheriff says," 15 Aug. 2018 In 2015, 392 tons of waste was sent to local landfills from the park. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Denali National Park tackles trash with zero-landfill initiative," 8 July 2018 Due to a questionable outbreak of canine flu, all dogs have been banished to Trash Island, a large landfill surrounded by water. Mark Rapp,, "Movie capsules for May 11: "Bad Samaritan" & More," 10 May 2018 The study said a DuPont manufacturing plant and its two landfills located upriver in West Virginia are likely the sources of the contamination. Sarah Brookbank,, "Ohio files lawsuit against DuPont for allegedly dumping toxic chemical into Ohio River," 8 Feb. 2018 There are typically fees involved in receiving a city's waste, whether at a recycling center or a landfill. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Every year, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing, sending massive amounts of textiles to landfills or incinerators and contributing to the emission of hazardous greenhouse gases, which speeds up climate change. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink," 19 Dec. 2018 Please avoid the landfill and donate gently used trees to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or another charity instead. Good Housekeeping, "Which Is Better: A Real or Fake Christmas Tree?," 6 Nov. 2018 Donald Eckberg, 67, died at the scene of the crash — the ridge of the town landfill, southwest of Robertson Airport. Christine Dempsey,, "Burlington Pilot Died In Plainville Plane Crash, Police Say," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of landfill

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of landfill was in 1903

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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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