land·​mass | \ ˈland-ˌmas How to pronounce landmass (audio) \

Definition of landmass

: a large area of land continental landmasses

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Synonyms for landmass


continent, main, mainland

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Examples of landmass in a Sentence

the islands of Ireland and Great Britain were once part of the Eurasian landmass

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East Island isn't the first landmass engulfed by ring sea levels. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Remote Hawaiian Island Disappeared Completely Following a Hurricane," 24 Oct. 2018 The human narrative doesn’t begin until around 1350, when the Polynesian ancestors of the Maori arrived, making New Zealand the last landmass of any significance to be settled. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Thanksgiving at the southernmost landmass on Earth is a time apart from family, technology and the traditional schedule of the American holiday. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Did Your Thanksgiving Include T-Rex and Chewbacca Costumes? Antarctica’s Did.," 25 Nov. 2018 Scientists studying a network of remote islands in the Hawaiian archipelago were aghast earlier this week upon discovering one of their subjects had disappeared entirely from the map, following a powerful storm that submerged the landmass in water. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Remote Hawaiian Island Disappeared Completely Following a Hurricane," 24 Oct. 2018 The ongoing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano and continued lava flows into the sea has created a tiny new landmass off the Big Island, officials revealed Friday. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hawaii volcano eruption forms new lava 'island' just off coast," 16 July 2018 Underneath the surface of Earth is a molten-hot mantle upon which our landmasses (tectonic plates) float. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA is landing on Mars for the first time since 2012. You can watch!," 23 Nov. 2018 The former Loot Lake, which had turned into the home of the cube and its floating island, now has a new landmass made up of a series of smaller islands. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite’s mysterious cube is gone, leaving behind a brand new location," 4 Nov. 2018 And there's a lot of state: By landmass, Minnesota is the 12th-largest state in the country, but ranks only 21st in population. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 4 Days on Minnesota's North Shore," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of landmass

1856, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of landmass

: a very large area of land (such as a continent)


land·​mass | \ ˈland-ˌmas How to pronounce landmass (audio) \

Kids Definition of landmass

: a very large area of land a continental landmass

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