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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Synonyms for landing


dock, float, jetty, levee, pier, quai, 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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In advance of the landing, the Vikram lander has separated from its Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which launched into space on July 22 and has been circling the moon since Aug. 20. Denise Chow, NBC News, "India's Chandrayaan-2 moon mission prepares for historic lunar landing," 4 Sep. 2019 On their way to Bristol Motor Speedway on August 15, Earnhardt’s private plane bounced after landing on the runway, slid off onto a neighboring highway and caught fire. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares update on plane crash injuries 2 days before racing," 29 Aug. 2019 The Hyatt’s gastropub, Twenty-Two Storys, will feature the Mission to the Moon Burger ($17), in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Yvonne Zusel, ajc, "Where to eat and drink in Atlanta during Dragon Con 2019," 26 Aug. 2019 Its five private acres used to house just one small mountain shack used by famous Alaskan bush pilot Don Sheldon, who pioneered the technique of glacier landings on Denali back in the 1950s and 1960s. Ashley Mateo, Town & Country, "Explore the Last Frontier of Luxury Travel In the U.S.: Alaska," 23 Aug. 2019 This is readily apparent in the venture capital ecosystem: VCs make lots of bets with the hopes of landing at least a few runaway successes to cover their losses and provide more capital for more investments. Aimee Groth, Quartz, "Andrew Yang’s basic income plan permits Americans to fail. And that’s a good thing," 20 Aug. 2019 The flavor commemorates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and is only available at the fair and Velvet Ice Cream's Ye Olde Mill in Utica. Jackie Borchardt,, "Pickle juice popsicles and Skyline Chili tater tots are a thing at the Ohio State Fair," 25 July 2019 The 50th anniversary of the moon landing has been cause for celebration across the country and in all forms of culture. Jon Tayler,, "Wild-Card Contenders Are Content to Be Sellers, and That's a Problem," 23 July 2019 In time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, Nvidia has recreated the moment using its RTX ray tracing technnology. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Nvidia models the Apollo 11 moon landing using RTX technology," 19 July 2019

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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 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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