landing craft


Definition of landing craft

: any of numerous naval craft designed for conveying troops and equipment from a transport to a beach in an amphibious assault

Examples of landing craft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The flag, pierced by German bullet holes and tattered by the wind, flew aboard one of the landing crafts that troops used to storm the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "D-Day flag that flew at Normandy landing gifted to US 75 years later. Trump accepts flag from Netherlands PM," 19 July 2019 The plan is for a landing craft to lower itself from the orbiter and gently plop itself down on the powdery moon surface. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "India’s Shooting for the Moon, and the Country Is Pumped," 14 July 2019 The weather wasn't ideal on June 6, resulting in Allied paratroopers landing miles off target while rough seas caused some landing craft to capsize, but the Germans were caught off guard! Fox News, "How D-Day technology made Operation Overlord a success," 7 June 2019 On Thursday, World War II vehicles and a rare D-Day landing craft will be displayed. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On 75th anniversary of invasion, D-Day veterans recall 'all hell was breaking loose'," 6 June 2019 Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time, and able to get in and out of expedition landing craft. National Geographic, "Wild Alaska Escape: A Voyage from Juneau to Ketchikan," 17 June 2019 Only seven of the 31 soldiers on Mr. Lambert’s landing craft survived. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Trump Honors D-Day Sacrifices, With Some Legacies Unspoken," 6 June 2019 Set out by expedition landing craft and kayak to get close to the forested banks and the many dramatic waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. National Geographic, "Wild Alaska Escape: A Voyage from Juneau to Ketchikan," 17 June 2019 Seventy-five years ago, Ed Kenney was a Navy gunner on one of the landing craft that brought tanks and soldiers to the waters off Normandy, waters that took on the look of an oil slick as Nazi machine guns ripped American soldiers to shreds. Kevin Cullen,, "In the wake of a devastating Bruins loss, some perspective from the Greatest Generation," 13 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'landing craft.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of landing craft

1940, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about landing craft

Statistics for landing craft

Last Updated

5 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for landing craft

The first known use of landing craft was in 1940

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for landing craft

landing craft


English Language Learners Definition of landing craft

: a boat or ship designed to bring soldiers and equipment to the shore

More from Merriam-Webster on landing craft

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with landing craft Encyclopedia article about landing craft

Comments on landing craft

What made you want to look up landing craft? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make or get by devious means

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!