landing

noun

land·​ing ˈlan-diŋ How to pronounce landing (audio)
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Landing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/landing. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

landing

noun
land·​ing ˈlan-diŋ How to pronounce landing (audio)
1
: the action of one that lands
2
: a place (as a wharf) for unloading or taking on passengers and cargo
3
: the level part of a staircase (as between flights of stairs)

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