land·​ing | \ˈlan-diŋ \

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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There have been several attempts at solving Seattle’s arena issues and landing either an NHL or NBA team in the years since the Sonics left, but none had the support of the city or the private money attached until now. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "NHL adds Seattle as league’s 32nd team, play begins in 2021," 5 Dec. 2018 There aren’t any cameras on Mars to record spacecraft coming in for landings. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Hanging out at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory," 27 Nov. 2018 David Ryder/Getty Images The year of speculation around Amazon’s HQ2 landing pad felt like nothing so much as a prolonged anxiety attack. Alex Baca, Vox, "I work in urban planning. Now Amazon’s coming to my city.," 20 Nov. 2018 His collections have been lauded for their celebration of black culture in America, landing on Vogue’s best collections of Spring 2019 list. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Pyer Moss Wins the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Bode and Jonathan Cohen Named Runners-Up," 6 Nov. 2018 The geometric building is divided into two wings, with a garage on either side and the front door and landing in the center. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Groovy ’70s time capsule with views galore asks $1M," 1 Oct. 2018 For a look at the rest of the giant list, head to Nintendo's sales-landing page, which also includes discounts on eShop downloads for the Nintendo 3DS (which, Nintendo insists, isn't dead yet!). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo’s biggest Switch-download sale yet includes legitimately good offers," 21 Nov. 2018 The first pictures of the landing site should start flowing shortly after touchdown. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Mars revisited: NASA spacecraft days away from risky landing," 21 Nov. 2018 Photo: Anthony Camerano/Associated Press Hospitals and emergency services have their own helipads for private landings. Katie Honan, WSJ, "In New York City, a Helipad Is a Prime Perk," 17 Nov. 2018

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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 \

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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a knickknack or trinket

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