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 It’s one thing, Olmsted noted, to believe the moon landing was faked, as roughly 5% of Americans consistently tell pollsters. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Conspiracies run amok. (Did you hear the one about Joan Rivers, Michelle Obama and the Clintons?)," 2 Apr. 2021 Several of the team's players posted on social media following the scare, though none explicitly referred to the landing. Mark Osborne, ABC News, "Utah Jazz team plane makes emergency landing after bird strike," 30 Mar. 2021 The Piper was equipped with an emergency locator transmitter that’s supposed to activate in a crash, but the relatively gradual landing wasn’t enough to set it off, O’Brien said. Jessica Prokop, oregonlive, "Pilot used treetops to survive SW Washington crash: ‘I looked for a space that was heavily forested’," 30 Mar. 2021 The triumphant landing of the Perseverance rover has inspired all Americans, and indeed much of the world. Robert Zubrin, Scientific American, "President Biden Should Push for the Human Exploration of Mars," 25 Mar. 2021 Things with his father seem decent, but signs of the man's cruelty still emerge as the family — including Jack, who's moved out but visits — gathers to watch the moon landing. Amanda Ostuni,, "This Is Us recap: Nicky Pearson's lifetime of trying to take 'One Small Step…'," 24 Mar. 2021 Given the disappointing recent history of skateboarding video games, the fact that the developers stuck the landing here feels miraculous. Britton Peele, Star Tribune, "Tired of the video games you've been playing? Check out these 5 recent releases," 24 Mar. 2021 The debris shield, which protected the helicopter during the February landing of the rover on Mars, was released March 21. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The Ingenuity helicopter carried a piece of Wright brothers history to Mars," 24 Mar. 2021 Textured gold designs in the aftermath of the 1969 moon landing are clearly marked with the inspiration of the satellite’s irregular surface. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How 1970s Comic Books and Barbarella Inspired Van Cleef & Arpels' New High Jewelry Collection," 23 Mar. 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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6 Apr 2021

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“Landing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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