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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Detectives learned that the dumpster had already been emptied at least twice at the landfill, the Dallas Morning News reported. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "'He was just the sweetest baby': Texas toddler found dead in landfill following statewide Amber Alert," 11 July 2019 Human sources—most prominently rotting landfills, coal mines, rice paddies, cattle, and leaks from natural gas pipelines—have raised atmospheric concentrations by around 250 percent. Fred Pearce, WIRED, "Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane," 9 July 2019 But at the same time new production goes into the pool, old material comes out as houses burn or are torn down, paper ends up in landfills, and so on. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How much carbon does our lumber sequester?," 7 July 2019 Kenny Estep worked as a truck driver and hauled radioactive waste to a plant landfill, the suit said. Sarah Brookbank,, "Lawsuit: Residents near Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant have been 'sacrificial lambs'," 30 June 2019 Gulls are often seen flying above landfills, lakes and the shoreline but are no match for the predatory skills of the golden eagle. Steve Scauzillo, The Mercury News, "A 30-year first: Golden eagle chicks found thriving in a nest in Santa Monica Mountains," 27 June 2019 Clothes can also shed fibers into the air, as can car tires and waste plastic left in landfills -- which can all end up in our rivers and seas. Mark Tutton And Ed Scott-clarke, CNN, "How rivers became the plastic highway into the oceans," 24 June 2019 Other raves found temporary homes in San Bernardino landfills, Native American reservations and desert wastelands. Simon Rust Lamb, Billboard, "How Organic Made History As Southern California's First Legitimate Dance Fest," 20 June 2019 The landfill, located in a residential area, has operated since the 1960s. Washington Post, "Bosnian city of Mostar awash in trash amid landfill protest," 19 June 2019

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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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