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

Its landing page was dominated by coverage of the Northam story Monday. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Person upset by abortion stance tipped site to racist photo," 4 Feb. 2019 Head over to PCWorld’s CES landing page to see all the laptops, desktops, and components that caught our eye at the show. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 Some Apple devices seem to create an icon on a landing page, but my phone tucked it away in the Extras icon. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Apple's Find My Friends App Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 Walmart has a landing page for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max on its website but only appears to be offering in-store reservations. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Breaking down the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max’s pre-order situation," 14 Sep. 2018 The Stateside Jacks have been given their own section on the Swansea club website which is intended to be the landing page for a new era of fan communication., "Swansea City Launch Their First Official International Supporters Club in the United States," 4 July 2018 And the website's landing page features a step-by-step tutorial for Houstonians who want to join the movement:'s instructions for Houstonians who want to join the viral campaign to bring LeBron James to town. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "'Hey LeBron' billboards to hit Houston Friday," 21 June 2018 If her landing page is any indication, Savage will reportedly be carrying up to a cup size 44DD. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Lingerie Has Completely Sold Out," 8 June 2018 In the weeks following her speech at the National Congress of American Indians, Warren's camp began to automatically send all traffic that came from to a new landing page. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Elizabeth Warren is quietly working to defang Trump's 'Pocahontas' slur as 2020 looms," 26 May 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 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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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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