Definition of landing
1 : an act or process of one that lands; especially : a going or bringing to a surface (such as land or shore) after a voyage or flight
2 : a place for discharging and taking on passengers and cargo
3 : a level part of a staircase (as at the end of a flight of stairs)
4 landings plural : the amount of fish or shellfish landed annually in a particular area
Examples of landing in a Sentence
The plane made a smooth landing.
The helicopter had to make an emergency landing.
The pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings.
Landing in high winds can be dangerous.
Our plane was cleared for landing.
We stopped to rest at the first floor landing.
I waited at the landing for the ferry.
Recent Examples of landing from the Web
The first-stage booster will aim for a landing at Cape Canaveral following liftoff.
SpaceX CRS-11: Falcon 9 launch & landing, 3 June 2017 SpaceX has been hauling station supplies for NASA for five years, both up and down.
The newsletter dated May 30, 2017, misstated the year of the first moon landing:
Yet the gloom shouldn’t spread too far, with consumers still spending, factory-gate prices gaining and home prices defying predictions of a hard landing.
But there were issues with the carrier’s advanced systems and technology, including aircraft landing equipment and power generation.
The West Coast hosts are Oregon State, Stanford and Long Beach State, which would be a likely landing spot for the Aztecs.
Urban Meyer spent a season at ESPN between resigning from Florida and landing at Ohio State.
Pyle died during the landings on Okinawa in April 1945.
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First Known Use of landing
LANDING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of landing for English Language Learners
: an act of returning to the ground or another surface after a flight
: a level area at the top of stairs or between two sets of stairs
: a place where boats and ships load and unload passengers and cargo
LANDING Defined for Kids
Definition of landing for Students
1 : the act of returning to a surface after a flight or voyage The plane made a smooth landing.
2 : a place for unloading or taking on passengers and cargo
3 : a level area at the top of a flight of stairs or between two flights of stairs
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