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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landfill transitive verb

Synonyms for landfill


dump, sanitary landfill

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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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Cities, businesses and consumers seeking ways to cut down on waste have shunned the plastic straw, which never completely breaks down and can end up in landfills or polluting oceans. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 That’s an average of 1.6 straws per person, and a tremendous amount of waste that builds up in our landfills and clogs our oceans. Caille Millner,, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 2018 The new legislation will tighten regulations for running and monitoring garbage dumps and landfills. Monika Scislowska, The Seattle Times, "Poland: New law to halt hazardous garbage stashing, fires," 26 June 2018 The new legislation will tighten regulations for running and monitoring garbage dumps and landfills. Washington Post, "Poland: New law to halt hazardous garbage stashing, fires," 26 June 2018 Cleaning the area involved Tetra Tech placing a multilayer soil cover over the old landfill. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Development begins at Alameda base that used troubled nuclear cleanup contractor," 23 May 2018 The process keeps many materials intact so they can be reused or recycled instead of going to a landfill. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "East side duplexes will be deconstructed — rather than demolished — under new Milwaukee ordinance," 29 June 2018 The unsellable marijuana products will be quarantined for 72 hours, mixed with shredded paper and water and sent to a landfill. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Marijuana on clearance as dispensaries sell off inventory before new rules take effect," 28 June 2018 Public dismay with refuse disposal around the Russian capital increased sharply in March after scores of children in the town of Volokolamsk were sickened with symptoms of gas poisoning linked to a landfill. Washington Post, "World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia’s environment," 12 June 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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