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

Definition of landmass

: a large area of land continental landmasses

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Examples of landmass in a Sentence

the islands of Ireland and Great Britain were once part of the Eurasian landmass
Recent Examples on the Web The landmass is broken into mini islands separated by shallow waterways between the lagoon and open ocean. Celeste Brash, Los Angeles Times, "She dodged COVID-19 by escaping to a remote island, where harvesting pearls is the order of the day," 18 Mar. 2021 As Central Asia’s largest state by landmass and economic output, Kazakhstan is the natural leader of the region. Kamran Bokhari, WSJ, "The Hole in Biden’s China Strategy: Central Asia," 16 Mar. 2021 At the divide of the Cooper River and the Wando River, a landmass the shape of a thumb is formed—this thumb is the southern end of Daniel Island. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, "Charleston’s Daniel Island: Expansive Yet Intimate Southern Living," 27 Feb. 2021 Although the latter can be glimpsed most easily between March and September south of New Zealand, the relative lack of landmass makes the aurora australis far more difficult to see that its near-identical northern counterpart. Jamie Carter, Forbes, "Northern Lights Likely This Week As Strongest ‘Solar Storm’ Yet In Sun’s Cycle Kicks-Off ‘Aurora Season’," 2 Mar. 2021 Ice shelves are permanent floating sheets of ice connected to a landmass, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "A massive iceberg – that's larger than New York City – has broken off of Antarctica," 1 Mar. 2021 Stabilizing temperatures at the same level through BECCS alone, per many IAMs, is estimated to require a landmass five times the size of India. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Carbon Capture Is Not a Climate Savior," 24 Dec. 2020 At the center of this polar landmass, the ice can be up to 2 miles thick. Charlotte Gray, WSJ, "Two Books on Travels in the New North," 11 Dec. 2020 Proud of setting aside some 23 percent of its landmass for parks and reserves, and the guardian of the Great Barrier Reef, the nation is nonetheless a significant contributor to global warming through its large mining and energy industries. Washington Post, "Biden’s plan to combat climate change leaves coal-loving Australia an outlier," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of landmass

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of landmass was in 1856

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25 Mar 2021

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“Landmass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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