land

noun, often attributive
\ ˈland How to pronounce land (audio) \

Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the solid part of the surface of the earth also : a corresponding part of a celestial body (such as the moon)
b : ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality dry land
c : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources
2 : a portion of the earth's solid surface distinguishable by boundaries or ownership bought land in the country : such as
a : country the finest cheese in all the land
b : a rural area characterized by farming or ranching also : farming or ranching as a way of life wanted to move back to the land
3 : realm, domain in the land of dreams sometimes used in combinationTV-land
4 : the people of a country the land rose in rebellion
5 : an area of a partly machined surface (such as the inside of a gun barrel) that is left without machining

land

verb
landed; landing; lands

Definition of land (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to set or put on shore from a ship : disembark
2a : to set down after conveying
b : to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place never landed a punch
c : to bring to a specified condition his wit landed him in trouble
d : to bring to a landing land an airplane
e : to complete successfully by landing the skater landed all her jumps
3a : to catch and bring in land a fish
b : gain, secure land a job landed the leading role

intransitive verb

1a : to go ashore from a ship : disembark
b of a ship or boat : to touch at a place on shore
2a : to come to the end of a course or to a stage in a journey : arrive took a wrong turn and landed on a dead-end street
b : to come to be in a condition or situation landed in jail
c : to strike or meet a surface (as after a fall) landed on my head
d : to alight on a surface

Land

biographical name
\ ˈland How to pronounce Land (audio) \

Definition of Land (Entry 3 of 3)

Edwin Herbert 1909–1991 American inventor and industrialist

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Other Words from land

Noun

landless \ ˈland-​ləs How to pronounce landless (audio) \ adjective
landlessness \ ˈland-​ləs-​nəs How to pronounce landlessness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for land

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of land in a Sentence

Noun the land along the highway The land stretched as far as you could see. They cleared some land to grow crops. After two days of sailing, we were miles from land. They invaded the country by land and by sea. They own land in Alaska. They bought some land and built a house. His lands extend as far as the eye can see. He was the most powerful politician in the land. the lands of the Far East Verb The plane landed on the runway. We watched the seaplanes landing on the water. The bird landed in a tree. A butterfly landed on the flower. Our flight was scheduled to land in Pittsburgh at 4:00. It was raining heavily at the airport when we landed. The pilot was able to land the plane on the runway. The golf ball landed in the trees. I could not see where the ball landed. The cat fell from the tree but landed on its feet.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And a maxi dress in blue and green representing the point where the Congo river meets land. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Fashion designer showcases the future of the runway with 3D models," 25 May 2020 Native people reengineered the forests around them, burning land to control underbrush and clear acreage for farming. Drew Pendergrass, Harper's Magazine, "Ground Control," 25 May 2020 An Iraqi governor said public health employees would be rewarded with free land. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Some American nurses are facing pay cuts. But around the world, many are getting huge raises.," 24 May 2020 Since arriving at the asteroid in December 2018, OSIRIS-REx (which stands for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security Regolith Explorer) has been observing the space rock and looking for spots to land. Fox News, "NASA sets date to research asteroid Bennu after coronavirus pandemic caused delays," 23 May 2020 On the approach to the building — the side that faces land — the house has its own contemporary iron gate. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "A look inside Matthew Stafford's $6.5M lakeside home reveals more than even we expected," 23 May 2020 In Phoenix, for instance, 36 percent of land area is devoted to either roads or parking. David A. King, Car and Driver, "The Price of Automotive Progress," 23 May 2020 Johnson concluded, referring to land access, other resources and production goals. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Which potato salad will show up at your picnic? There's a world of variations," 22 May 2020 But there are Zoom ice cream socials, and Zoom group dry-land workouts—and, as the Anchorage coaches learned, the small exuberance of glimpsing a friendly face in the next lane. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 22 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The shuttle also had to be landed by hand, whereas the Crew Dragon will splash down in the ocean using a parachute. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "What It’s Like to Be First to Fly a Brand New Spacecraft," 25 May 2020 In 2004, the Pistons traded Atkins to Boston in a three-team deal to land Rasheed Wallace from Atlanta. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Chucky Atkins after Detroit Pistons basketball: 'I was not doing the right thing'," 24 May 2020 Kylie Scott Degnan moved to Santa Clara, Calif., earlier this year from Colorado, hoping to land a job in social work while her partner started work at a medical technology firm. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Aspiring Filmmaker Makes Covid-Era Career Move: Spoofing Zoom, Parodying Trump," 23 May 2020 Witnesses tell The Associated Press the Airbus A320 attempted to land two or three times before crashing in a crowded low-income neighborhood outside Jinnah International Airport. TheWeek, "At least 107 feared dead as Pakistani International Airlines plane crashes near Karachi," 22 May 2020 Witnesses said the Airbus A320 appeared to attempt to land two or three times before crashing in a residential area near Jinnah International Airport. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Pakistan International Airlines flight crashes in area near Pakistan airport," 22 May 2020 Even Boba Guys’ basic tea blend is fairly nerdy: a mix of Assam, Ceylon and Yunnan black tea leaves that took weeks for Chau and Chen to land on in the search for a zippy, powerful yet mellow mix. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Cookbook from San Francisco’s Boba Guys dives deep into boba drinks," 22 May 2020 Last month, SpaceX notched another victory when it was chosen to be among the three companies awarded preliminary contracts to develop a spacecraft to land astronauts on the moon. Washington Post, "No one thought SpaceX would beat Boeing to get astronauts to the space station," 21 May 2020 The two schools are also in the running to land wide receivers Emeka Egbuka and Troy Stellato. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Barrett Carter, Ohio State football 2021 target, commits to Clemson: Buckeye Recruiting," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of land

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for land

Noun

Middle English lond, land, going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *landa- (strong neuter noun), perhaps originally "untilled land" (whence also Old Frisian land, lond "land, earth, country, landed property," Old Saxon land, Old High German lant, Old Norse land, Gothic land "field, country"), going back to dialectal Indo-European *londh-o-, o-grade form of a noun with apparent zero-grade *ln̥dh-eh2- in Celtic *land-ā-, whence Old Irish land, lann "land, plot, church building," Welsh llan "church and its adjoining property, enclosure," also Old Irish ithlann "threshing floor" (with ith "grain"), Old Welsh itlann, glossing Latin ārea "threshing floor," Welsh ydlan "barnyard" (with ŷd "grain"); and probably in Elfdalian (dialect of north central Sweden) linda "overgrown field," Old Prussian lindan (accusative singular) "valley"; zero-grade *ln̥dh- or full grade *lendh- in Slavic *lęd-, whence Russian ljadá "uncultivated field with first-growth forest," Old Russian ljadina "wasteland, weeds, thick brush," Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian lèdina, ledìna "wasteland, virgin soil," Polish ląnd "dry land, mainland"

Note: The etymon is limited to northern European Indo-European: Celtic, Germanic, Slavic and (marginally) Baltic. E. Seebold (in F. Kluge, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, 22. Auflage, 1989) proposes a derivative *lem-dh- from a verbal base *lem- "break (ground)," whence Old Church Slavic lemešĭ "plow," Lithuanian lẽmežis "wooden part of the plough" (compare Old Church Slavic lomiti "to break"). The suggestion has also been made that the etymon was borrowed from a non-Indo-European language.

Verb

Middle English londen, landen, derivative of lond, land land entry 1

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The first known use of land was before the 12th century

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Land.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/land. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for land

land

noun
How to pronounce Land (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the solid part of the surface of the Earth : an area of ground
: an area of the earth's solid surface that is owned by someone
: a country or nation

land

verb

English Language Learners Definition of land (Entry 2 of 2)

: to return to the ground or another surface after a flight
: to cause (an airplane, helicopter, etc.) to return to the ground or another surface after a flight
: to hit or come to a surface after falling or moving through the air

land

noun
\ ˈland How to pronounce land (audio) \

Kids Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the solid part of the surface of the earth
2 : an area of ground or soil of a particular kind fertile land
3 : a part of the earth's surface marked off by boundaries They bought some land.
4 : a country or nation your native land
5 : the people of a country All the land rose in rebellion.

Other Words from land

landless \ -​ləs \ adjective

land

verb
landed; landing

Kids Definition of land (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to go ashore or cause to go ashore from a ship The troops landed on the island.
2 : to come down or bring down and settle on a surface The airplane landed.
3 : to hit or come to a surface I fell and landed on my back.
4 : to be or cause to be in a particular place or condition He landed in jail.
5 : to catch and bring in land a fish
6 : to succeed in getting land a job

land

noun

Legal Definition of land

1 : an area of the earth usually inclusive of improvements, bodies of water, and natural or man-made objects and extending indefinitely upward and downward — compare air right
2 : an estate, interest, or right in land land means both surface and mineral rightsCalifornia Public Resources Code

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