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 Being Nigeria’s economic hub, Lagos is home to the country’s largest urban population despite being the smallest state by landmass. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s largest city has a habit of kicking out its poor to make room for the rich," 31 Jan. 2020 Low-lying Bangladesh is predicted to lose up to 25 percent of its landmass, mostly from the vital and fertile Ganges River delta. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Climate Anxiety Decade: How We Came to Terms With Our Warming World in the 2010s," 10 Dec. 2019 William Taylor: The largest country in Europe by landmass, Ukraine is a young democracy struggling to join Europe and ally itself with the United States. NBC News, "Transcript: We've Got Mail," 2 Dec. 2019 Yet, operating in Canada—a sprawling landmass where, similar to the U.S., nearly 20% of the population lives in rural communities—is a huge economic challenge, one that Canada Post has struggled with amid pressure to break even each year. Audrey Carleton, Fortune, "As the USPS faces privatization, here’s what it can learn from Canada," 24 Jan. 2020 In a briefing with reporters, Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann seemed to play down the scale of the unprecedented wildfires ravaging his country, saying that only about 2 percent of the country’s landmass was affected by the blazes. Washington Post, "Trump drops a climate bomb on Davos," 21 Jan. 2020 The effects include mass flooding events that threaten coastal populations, more severe and violent storms reaching landmasses and declining fish populations worldwide. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "More than 11,000 scientists officially declare a "climate emergency"," 5 Nov. 2019 That doesn’t mean K2-18b necessarily has an Earth-like surface with oceans and landmasses. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Hints of rain clouds found on small alien world," 11 Sep. 2019 Laird grew up on nearby Smith Island, a small landmass split by the Maryland-Virginia state line. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "This classroom on a Chesapeake Bay island taught generations of students. As the sea rises, its doors are closing.," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Landmass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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