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 There’ll still be a big park, just further south where the landfill is now being capped., 9 June 2021 Wednesday morning, the repairs were completed and the landfill was fully operational again. Madison Bateman,, 9 June 2021 The Dillingham program is defunct, Baker said, and the landfill there doesn’t accept fishing nets. Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2021 The landfill is open 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 10 May 2021 But history intervened, and the landfill was reopened on September 12th of that year to receive the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2021 The letter, dated Jan. 15, but not received by locals or the city until late February, said that based on air emission data collected in 2013, there is a potential health risk for those living near the landfill at 8514 Mast Blvd. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 At a conservative estimate, a circular New York economy could deliver $11bn in economic benefits, create over 11,000 jobs across the income spectrum and reduce to zero the amount of waste sent to landfill. Judith Magyar, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The calf, which had sustained more damage, was trucked to a landfill. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Landfill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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