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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Instead of ending up in landfills or being pulverized, the materials become floors in a Southampton, N.Y., pool house, walls in high-end Washington, D.C., condos and the ceiling of an... Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Brick by Brick, Baltimore’s Blighted Houses Get a New Life," 5 Apr. 2019 Last fall, heavy rains from Hurricane Florence washed out a portion of a new landfill used to dispose of coal ash at Duke’s Sutton Plant near Wilmington, N.C. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "North Carolina Requires Duke Energy to Remove Coal Ash From All Storage Basins," 1 Apr. 2019 In 2013, the landfill’s death date got pushed to 2025. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "King County’s landfill has been almost full for two decades. What happens next?," 26 Mar. 2019 Some claim to be biodegradable, but landfill conditions don’t allow these materials to break down quickly. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "8 Best Yoga Mats to Buy in 2019, According to Yoga and Wellness Experts," 28 Jan. 2019 In Deerfield Beach, the material is being dumped and buried in a landfill. Larry Barszewski,, "Two South Florida cities turn their recyclables into trash," 3 July 2018 Prevent Seed Distribution Bag any plants or clippings and immediately discard them (don’t throw them in the compost pile or use as mulch!) in the landfill. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Crabgrass Once and for All," 25 June 2018 In fact, that expansion is meant to keep the landfill exposed until 2040. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Bald Eagles Are Stealing Trash from a Seattle Landfill and Dropping it in the Suburbs," 4 Apr. 2019 The landfill has come under scrutiny because an underground fire burns near Cold War-era nuclear waste. Fox News, "Report: Air quality near troubled landfill posed health risk," 21 Sep. 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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