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 Measured against those highs, the finale didn't quite stick the landing. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' finale completes its ambitious hero's journey," 23 Apr. 2021 Directly off the landing is a family room that mirrors the dining room with its curved exterior wall and fireplace., "Home of the Week: A Boston mansion anarchists blew up," 23 Apr. 2021 The video is presented here in side-by-side formats that have both been enhanced to show a dust plume swirling during takeoff and again on landing. Mike Wehner, BGR, "NASA just released an enhanced video of its Mars helicopter," 21 Apr. 2021 The landing is perhaps the first video sourced from outside of Chinese state media to show operations on China’s first aircraft carrier. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch China's First Aircraft Carrier Recover a Fighter Jet," 20 Apr. 2021 Officials with the Cocoa Beach Air Show released a statement saying the plane had a mechanical issue and that rescue personnel were standing by during the landing. Fox News, "WWII-era plane in Florida air show makes splash landing in ocean," 19 Apr. 2021 Ingenuity stuck the landing—and space engineers are stoked. Max G. Levy, Wired, "NASA Lands Ingenuity, the First Ever Mars Helicopter," 19 Apr. 2021 No injuries were reported in the landing, which happened during the Cocoa Beach Air Show Saturday. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Video: WWII era plane crash lands in shallow water at Florida beach," 18 Apr. 2021 Everything else on the interior of the bar routine has been fantastic and sometimes the thing that can get inconsistent with her is the body posture on the landing. San Francisco Chronicle, "Maya Bordas earns Cal's first national title in gymnastics," 16 Apr. 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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30 Apr 2021

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“Landing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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