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, 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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The pilot made an emergency landing in Washington, D.C. so the passenger could be rushed to a hospital. Chris Flanagan, ajc, "Rookie firefighter saves man suffering from heart attack on flight," 11 July 2018 National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson confirmed Monday that the helicopter was transporting a patient from Hobart before its pilot made an emergency landing. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Helicopter that crash-landed in Chicago over weekend originated from Hobart hospital," 9 July 2018 The pilot was able to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "8 Southwest Airlines Passengers Are Suing After Fatal Flight," 21 June 2018 The grounding of the B-1 fleet occurred weeks after a B-1B Lancer made an emergency landing at a civilian airport in Midland, Texas. Fox News, "US Air Force to resume B-1 bomber flights after fleet was grounded due to ejector seat issue," 19 June 2018 Two days later, after blowing a second chance to fly the mail north and making an emergency landing in Cape Charles, Virginia, Boyle’s time with the Post Office came to an inglorious end. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "Delivering the Mail Was Once One of the Riskiest Jobs in America," 18 May 2018 The desserts here offer the soft landing of various mousses, soufflés, and tartes that were fine, but could benefit from more intensity of flavor. Craig Laban,, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 In an interview in the terrace-level landing outside her apartment, the woman recalled the events that followed. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Target of murder-for-hire plot tries to laugh away bargain-based price tag: ‘Insulting to be sure’," 13 July 2018 Hours later, after landing in Britain, the assault on diplomatic norms continued. New York Times, "NATO Survives Trump, but the Turmoil Is Leaving Scars," 12 July 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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