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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Deprived of its natural flow, the great delta northeast of San Francisco, which drains 40% of California’s landmass, veers toward collapse, threatening the survival of native fish such as salmon and smelt. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘The Dreamt Land’ Review: California’s Precious Resource," 14 June 2019 Ecuador’s first national park: An astonishing 97 percent of the Galápagos landmass is designated a national park. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 7 June 2019 Kazakhstan’s vast landmass of steppes lies in the crossroads of Russia and China, and Nazarbayev enjoys a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while welcoming China’s investment in Central Asia. Sabra Ayres,, "Presidents may come and go. In Kazakhstan, there’s only one Father of the Nation," 6 June 2019 The extended landmasses of Sunda (modern Southeast Asia) and Sahul (today’s Australia and New Guinea) have never been connected. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019 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

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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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