land·​fill | \ˈlan(d)-ˌfil \

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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Other Words from landfill

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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The active cell of the landfill was covered with earth before Hurricane Florence. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Florence Washes Away Portion of Coal-Ash Landfill in North Carolina," 16 Sep. 2018 Federal agents found Tsarnaev's backpack in a landfill two days after. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Dias Kadyrbayev, classmate of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, released from prison, set for deportation," 30 Aug. 2018 According to the Department of Transportation, which helped fund WSU's study, around three-fourths of all coal fly ash ends up in a landfill. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Make Concrete With Trash Instead of Cement," 12 July 2018 This North Portland tavern, which was a workingman’s oasis for more than 50 years, sat on North Columbia Boulevard in the heart of Junk Yard Row, just east of the St. Johns landfill., "Frosty glasses and stiff drinks: 29 long-gone Portland bars we wish were still around," 4 Apr. 2018 The Hughes Road closure is a part of a lawsuit settlement agreement between Rumpke and Colerain Township and is part of a planned eastern expansion of the landfill. Jennie Key,, "Hughes Road closure means big Rumpke bucks for Colerain Township," 30 Mar. 2018 As a result, an estimated 60 billion paper cups end up in American landfills annually. Spoon U, Teen Vogue, "How Starbucks Can Make a Bigger Difference Than Going Strawless," 20 July 2018 Sadly, this wasted food, the single largest component of our landfills, rots in our town dumps producing that ugly greenhouse gas, methane. Joan Salge Blake,, "Food waste is killing the planet. Restaurants are stepping up. Will you?," 30 Apr. 2018 For example, over 20 percent of our landfills in this country are food waste. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Scott Pruitt’s Reformation," 8 Jan. 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 \

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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