landfill

noun

land·​fill ˈlan(d)-ˌfil How to pronounce landfill (audio)
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

landfill transitive verb

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 The scope of the state’s review also includes wastewater treatment plants and landfills. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 This infrastructure is what allows AF to sell open-box items at big discounts (while also helping keep them from ending up in landfills). Stacey Widlitz, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The renewable natural gas market is rapidly growing in making pipeline-quality gas from operations like hog and dairy farms to landfill and wastewater plants. Ashley Miznazi, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Supporters say expanding the program to include wine and liquor bottles, which was authorized with the passage of Senate Bill 1013 in 2022, will help augment California’s recycling efforts and divert more waste that otherwise might wind up in a landfill. Jeremy Childs, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2024 In the surroundings of Alto Hospicio, in the Atacama Desert, new landfills emerge every day. Julia Shipley, WIRED, 13 Jan. 2024 Today, perusing the site feels more like walking through a landfill. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 9 Jan. 2024 Reducing the amount of organic material sent to landfill is part of California’s Short Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy (SB 1383). Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 7 Jan. 2024 The recycling and composting programs diverted more than 18,000 tons of solid waste and 1,500 tons from the landfill, Jordan said. Stacy Ryburn, arkansasonline.com, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of landfill was in 1903

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“Landfill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/landfill. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

landfill

noun
land·​fill -ˌfil How to pronounce landfill (audio)
1
: a system of trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried between layers of earth
2
: an area built up by landfill

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