landmass

noun
land·mass | \ˈland-ˌmas \

Definition of landmass 

: a large area of land continental landmasses

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Synonyms for landmass

Synonyms

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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Known as the most isolated landmass in the world, the Hawaiian Islands possess a history of species arriving here without their predators and eventually losing their immunities. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 With 11 percent of the landmass covered in ice, rapidly ebbing glaciers are threatening to reshape Iceland’s landscape, and Haraldsson, 74, is part of a contingent of volunteer glacier monitors who are at the frontlines of tracking the retreat. The Atlantic, "The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape," 6 June 2018 With 11 percent of the landmass covered in ice, rapidly ebbing glaciers are threatening to reshape Iceland’s landscape, and Haraldsson, 74, is part of a contingent of volunteer glacier monitors who are at the frontlines of tracking the retreat. The Atlantic, "The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape," 6 June 2018 The 1002 area of ANWR, a landmass smaller than some of our country's airports, will finally open for exploration. Anchorage Daily News, "Opening offshore U.S. to oil development is good news," 8 Jan. 2018 With 11 percent of the landmass covered in ice, rapidly ebbing glaciers are threatening to reshape Iceland’s landscape, and Haraldsson, 74, is part of a contingent of volunteer glacier monitors who are at the frontlines of tracking the retreat. The Atlantic, "The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape," 6 June 2018 With 11 percent of the landmass covered in ice, rapidly ebbing glaciers are threatening to reshape Iceland’s landscape, and Haraldsson, 74, is part of a contingent of volunteer glacier monitors who are at the frontlines of tracking the retreat. The Atlantic, "The Icelandic Families Tracking Climate Change With Measuring Tape," 6 June 2018 More than half of Canada’s landmass is comprised of the boreal forest—a vast and tree-filled region that extends across the country. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Canada Is Now Home to the World’s Largest Stretch of Protected Boreal Forests," 18 May 2018 Maps that are opened around Valentine’s Day will turn landmasses pink and fluffy, for example, while doing the same thing around Halloween will reveal a more ghoulish color scheme — with other holiday themes on the way. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Snap Maps update makes your Bitmoji’s world look a bit snazzier," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of landmass

1856, in the meaning defined above

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landmass

noun

English Language Learners Definition of landmass

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

landmass

noun
land·mass | \ˈland-ˌmas \

Kids Definition of landmass

: a very large area of land a continental landmass

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