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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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 Flight attendants say that enforcing rules — not just over masks, but over seatbelts and sitting down during takeoff and landing — is perhaps the most wearying part of their job. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022 Most strikes occur within 3,000 feet of the ground, during takeoff and landing, with just 3% having been reported during the enroute phase of flight. Howard Slutsken, CNN, 8 Dec. 2021 But if Honda were to reach their limit of 18 entries, this seems one of the few possible landing spots. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Dec. 2021 The Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers were also potential landing spots, but Beckham selected the Rams to resurrect his once-promising career which has gone offtrack. Jay Paris, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Pro Football Network listed the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers as potential landing spots for Isabella in a trade. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 Vox has been planning its vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for more than 30 years, with the initial sketches starting in 1989. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 23 Dec. 2021 Additional red snapper landing information from the 2019-2021 seasons is available at al, 23 Dec. 2021 Jaclyn Stahl, one of the prosecutors in the case against Quinonez, said the incidents can be difficult to prosecute because of jurisdictional issues and because witnesses scatter upon landing and crime scenes can literally fly away. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021

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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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12 Jan 2022

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“Landing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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