land·​ing | \ ˈlan-diŋ How to pronounce landing (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for landing


dock, float, jetty, levee, pier, quai, quay, wharf

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis invites kids to come dressed in their best space gear to celebrate the first landing on the moon. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "9 best things to do with kids in Indianapolis in July," 3 July 2019 The aircraft are designed to operate with short takeoffs and vertical landings, such as on carriers. Washington Post, "Warship shows Japan’s determination to expand military role," 3 July 2019 Now, half a century later, the Adler Planetarium has scheduled three days of celebratory programming that, despite not rivaling an actual moon landing, let alone creation, are still pretty out of this world. Bianca Sanchez,, "Adler celebrates moon landing’s 50th anniversary, plus what’s on PBS when you land back home," 2 July 2019 Was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals for wounds received in Airborne landings in Holland., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2019 With great power come great headaches, however, and since landing in the United States, Holmstén has had to reeducate those used to the old favor-trading. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019 Mercury Marine is back this year, this time at the new landing, with three boats; a speedboat, a water sports boat and a pontoon. Nina Bertelsen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Checking out 7 new things to experience (and eat) at the Big Gig," 27 June 2019 One of them falls back to Earth, landing in a desolate area in Arizona. David Canfield,, "First Look: The Andromeda Strain is back with a new look for its 50th anniversary," 26 June 2019 Dallas narrowly avoided landing on Allstate's risky roads list — reserved for the 15 cities where drivers have to be most careful not to get into an accident. Dallas News, "Study: Drivers are 46% more likely to get into accidents on Dallas roads than the rest of the U.S.," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of landing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of landing was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of landing

: 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


land·​ing | \ ˈlan-diŋ How to pronounce landing (audio) \

Kids Definition of landing

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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