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 combination TV-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 Land (audio) \ adjective
landlessness \ ˈland-​ləs-​nəs How to pronounce Land (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 Livid, the land, and ravaged, like a rageful Dream. oregonlive, "‘An Old Story’ by Tracy K. Smith: American Life in Poetry," 10 May 2021 But because of regional variations in geography like ice cover, water and land type, some regions warm much more or less rapidly than others. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "NOAA's "new normal" climate report is anything but normal," 8 May 2021 The same year, Florida biologists had counted a record 6,620 manatees from land and air. Jim Waymer, USA TODAY, "Vultures circle a tropical paradise in Florida as Brevard County's graveyard of manatees grows," 8 May 2021 Like many residents in the area, her parents' love of natural beauty, land and desire for outdoor recreation guided their decision to live in Peshtigo. Star Tribune, "Wisconsin residents combat water contamination aftereffects," 7 May 2021 To create the compound, the producer pieced together five parcels of land and sourced artisans from all across Mexico to update the property while keeping it entirely authentic. Lauren Beale, Forbes, "Producer’s Compound In San Miguel De Allende Is A ‘Catch’ At $6.25 Million," 7 May 2021 Indigenous land and water stewardship stands out as one of the most direct pathways to preserving and encouraging biological diversity. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Biden’s Conservation Plan Is a Historic Moment for America’s Indigenous People," 7 May 2021 Just over a tenth of the nation’s land and a quarter of the waters within U.S. Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times, "Biden administration looks to triple amount of protected land in the U.S.," 6 May 2021 Production of raw materials like lithium, cobalt and nickel that are essential to these technologies are often ruinous to land, water, wildlife and people. New York Times, "The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles," 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This can be for a simple reason such as moving product from a ship too large to enter a port to a smaller ship than can land the product. David A. Teich, Forbes, "Global Shipping Logistics, Legal Risk And Compliance, Another Arena For Artificial Intelligence (AI)," 11 May 2021 On Saturday, models and visualizations from various space research organizations showed the debris could land along numerous flight paths crossing the globe. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "After days of uncertainty, Chinese rocket reenters atmosphere over Indian Ocean," 9 May 2021 Drive through your heels to jump up and land softly in starting position. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Full-Body Workout to Shake Up Your Exercise Routine at Home," 8 May 2021 The space junk is set to fall to Earth this weekend, and could even land on New York City. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Chinese Rocket Is Wildly Careening Toward Earth This Weekend," 7 May 2021 But its confidence interval is plus or minus 16 hours — leaving open a huge window of the planet where the object might land. NBC News, "Chinese rocket debris set to hit Earth this weekend — but no one knows where," 7 May 2021 Musk now says that Starship could land people on the moon in 2024, and take them to Mars within the decade. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Elon Musk Is Maybe, Actually, Strangely, Going to Do This Mars Thing," 6 May 2021 The New Shepard rocket is named after the astronaut, and has been in testing mode for several years, but has yet to launch and land with humans on board. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Blue Origin opens auction for 1st passenger on New Shepard rocket to space in July," 5 May 2021 The Aerodrome would take off and travel for 90 seconds some 3,300 feet in an effortless spiral trajectory and then gently land in the river. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Odd Early Flying Machine Made History, But Didn’t Have the Right Stuff," 5 May 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Land.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/land. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for land

land

noun

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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