land·​mass ˈland-ˌmas How to pronounce landmass (audio)
: a large area of land
continental landmasses

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 rain forest makes up seventy-eight per cent of Brazil’s landmass but contains less than fifteen per cent of its population. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Arguably, such destruction would be the most outsized achievement in human history: the total landmass of the moon is about the same as Asia. David W. Brown, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 The Barry Glacier has significantly retreated and left behind an unsupported fjord wall, or the slope of rock or ice rising up from the water to the top of the landmass. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 22 Feb. 2024 Pakistan’s Baluchistan province comprises more than a third of the nation’s landmass but just 5 percent of its overall population. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 Fossils were also key to helping scientists figure out that the world used to be one whole landmass, the supercontinent Pangea, which slowly split up into seven continents. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 21 Dec. 2023 In World War I, World War II, and the Cold War, autocracies in Eurasia sought global primacy by achieving preeminence within that central landmass. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 The long arc of time, the view through history's magical mists, from its Russian peaks, across the endless landmass, acts as inspiration and intoxication to his audience. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Separating the north and south portions of Pangea’s single landmass was an enormous desert. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 16 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of landmass was in 1856

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“Landmass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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land·​mass -ˌmas How to pronounce landmass (audio)
: a large area of land

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