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

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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 Some problems arose from the building, which was built on a landfill, shifting and settling on its foundations, but workers were able to account for it. Grant Lancaster, Arkansas Online, 17 June 2022 Bhalswa isn’t Delhi’s only garbage landfill—and certainly not the only one to have caught fire in recent times. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 29 Apr. 2022 Leonard Holland brought helicopters and other equipment to haul debris to the landfill. Globe Staff,, 30 June 2022 Davis said both men told authorities that Ebrahim’s body was put in a dumpster, which police determined was emptied at the landfill. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Henderson, a father of three, was hired to work at the landfill a few weeks ago, FOX 13 reported. David Aaro, Fox News, 8 Mar. 2022 Henderson was working as a spotter for drivers of large vehicles at the landfill, Fox 13 reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 8 Mar. 2022 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reported that the body had been in trash collected by a private company around 9:30 a.m. at the landfill. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2022 The Net Your Problem team has partnered with the city and the region’s Qawalangin tribe to sort through piles of old nets and lines dumped at the landfill and undertake continuing outreach to boat owners to encourage them to recycle their gear. Laine Welch | Fish Factor, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of landfill

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Landfill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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