noun, often attributive
\ ˈland How to pronounce land (audio) \

Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the solid part of the surface of the earth also : a corresponding part of a celestial body (such as the moon)
b : ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality dry land
c : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources
2 : a portion of the earth's solid surface distinguishable by boundaries or ownership bought land in the country : such as
a : country the finest cheese in all the land
b : a rural area characterized by farming or ranching also : farming or ranching as a way of life wanted to move back to the land
3 : realm, domain in the land of dreams sometimes used in combination TV-land
4 : the people of a country the land rose in rebellion
5 : an area of a partly machined surface (such as the inside of a gun barrel) that is left without machining


landed; landing; lands

Definition of land (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to set or put on shore from a ship : disembark
2a : to set down after conveying
b : to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place never landed a punch
c : to bring to a specified condition his wit landed him in trouble
d : to bring to a landing land an airplane
e : to complete successfully by landing the skater landed all her jumps
3a : to catch and bring in land a fish
b : gain, secure land a job landed the leading role

intransitive verb

1a : to go ashore from a ship : disembark
b of a ship or boat : to touch at a place on shore
2a : to come to the end of a course or to a stage in a journey : arrive took a wrong turn and landed on a dead-end street
b : to come to be in a condition or situation landed in jail
c : to strike or meet a surface (as after a fall) landed on my head
d : to alight on a surface


biographical name
\ ˈland How to pronounce Land (audio) \

Definition of Land (Entry 3 of 3)

Edwin Herbert 1909–1991 American inventor and industrialist

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Other Words from land


landless \ ˈland-​ləs How to pronounce landless (audio) \ adjective
landlessness \ ˈland-​ləs-​nəs How to pronounce landlessness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for land

Synonyms: Noun

commonwealth, country, nation, sovereignty (also sovranty), state

Synonyms: Verb

anchor, dock

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Examples of land in a Sentence


the land along the highway The land stretched as far as you could see. They cleared some land to grow crops. After two days of sailing, we were miles from land. They invaded the country by land and by sea. They own land in Alaska. They bought some land and built a house. His lands extend as far as the eye can see. He was the most powerful politician in the land. the lands of the Far East


The plane landed on the runway. We watched the seaplanes landing on the water. The bird landed in a tree. A butterfly landed on the flower. Our flight was scheduled to land in Pittsburgh at 4:00. It was raining heavily at the airport when we landed. The pilot was able to land the plane on the runway. The golf ball landed in the trees. I could not see where the ball landed. The cat fell from the tree but landed on its feet.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Landscape architect Chris Lynn described a 2013 proposal designed by his firm, AECOM, to build a 750-space parking garage on land north of City Hall, with a 40-foot-wide pedestrian bridge spanning the railroads and the Shoreway. Steven Litt,, "Bridge debate to nowhere: Lakefront pedestrian connection stuck while Mayor Jackson stays mum — Steven Litt," 1 Sep. 2019 Other shots show Depp interacting with tribal members on native land. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Dior ad for 'Sauvage' perfume featuring Native American dancer, Johnny Depp draws criticism," 30 Aug. 2019 The crisis in the Amazon is an example of fires being set deliberately, to clear forested land for farming or the grazing of livestock. Kendra Pierre-louis, New York Times, "The Amazon, Siberia, Indonesia: A World of Fire," 29 Aug. 2019 On August 10th, in what became known as Fire Day, farmers in the town of Novo Progresso, in the state of Pará, set fires on their properties to clear land and show their support for Bolsonaro. Carol Pires, The New Yorker, "The Trump Ally Who Is Allowing the Amazon to Burn," 28 Aug. 2019 Schneider, an associate professor in the geography department, said fire is commonly used by people to clear land for cultivation, and the actual area burned this year must be measured for an accurate comparison with damage in past years. Luis Andres Henao,, "Respiratory ailments rise in Brazil as Amazon fires rage," 28 Aug. 2019 Phase one, which will include clearing the land, installing an outdoor track and constructing the building shell, will happen over the next year. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Urban League breaks ground on sports and learning complex in the West End," 27 Aug. 2019 While some of the blazes are due to uncontrolled wildfires, environmental groups say that many are the work of farmers who are clearing land illegally to be used for cattle and agricultural farming. NBC News, "Why it will take more than $20M to help Brazil put out Amazon fires," 27 Aug. 2019 Farmers commonly set fires in this season to clear land for crops or livestock, but sometimes the blazes get out of control. Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Denver Post, "Brazilian troops deploy to fight Amazon fires," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the letters, ASU president Michael M. Crow references an incident reported by The Washington Post involving an incoming Harvard freshmen being detained after landing in Boston and subsequently having his visa revoked. CBS News, "Arizona State University investigating detainment of 9 Chinese students by Customs and Border Patrol," 31 Aug. 2019 The pilot landed the plane safely, but damage to the engine is estimated to be between $500,000 and $2 million. Ashley Mcbride,, "F-16 Fighting Falcon strikes bird on approach to Lackland," 30 Aug. 2019 Ismail Ajjawi, who had been living in Lebanon, was refused entry into the U.S. after landing Friday at Logan International Airport in Boston, university and federal officials confirmed this week. Washington Post, "Questions after US turns away Palestinian Harvard freshman," 29 Aug. 2019 Orlando-Sanford International Airport, which has about 575,000 check-ins, would have landed on the top 100 but it was also omitted. Marco Santana,, "Study that ranked Orlando’s airport No. 3 in Facebook check-ins omitted some big ones," 28 Aug. 2019 The Cessna Citation rolled off at the end of a runway and caught fire after landing, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Fox News, "Dale Earnhardt Jr. gives 1st public statement after family survives Tennessee small plane crash," 20 Aug. 2019 Nichols' exploits landed her on front pages of newspapers at the time, but not much is mentioned about her these days. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Female pilot's landing at Louisville's Bowman Field made history," 20 Aug. 2019 Traveling with a disability can be a nightmare—wheelchairs are routinely damaged in transit, for starters, and passengers can often be stranded after landing when airport staff due to collect them never appear. Julia Buckley, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel With My Invisible Disability," 19 Aug. 2019 But Altman recently landed a commitment from five-star recruit center N’Faly Dante, who could be a short-timer himself. John Canzano,, "John Canzano’s Top 25 most influential people in Oregon sports for 2019," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of land


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for land


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lant land, Middle Irish lann

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English Language Learners Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the solid part of the surface of the Earth : an area of ground
: an area of the earth's solid surface that is owned by someone
: a country or nation



English Language Learners Definition of land (Entry 2 of 2)

: to return to the ground or another surface after a flight
: to cause (an airplane, helicopter, etc.) to return to the ground or another surface after a flight
: to hit or come to a surface after falling or moving through the air


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Kids Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the solid part of the surface of the earth
2 : an area of ground or soil of a particular kind fertile land
3 : a part of the earth's surface marked off by boundaries They bought some land.
4 : a country or nation your native land
5 : the people of a country All the land rose in rebellion.

Other Words from land

landless \ -​ləs \ adjective


landed; landing

Kids Definition of land (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to go ashore or cause to go ashore from a ship The troops landed on the island.
2 : to come down or bring down and settle on a surface The airplane landed.
3 : to hit or come to a surface I fell and landed on my back.
4 : to be or cause to be in a particular place or condition He landed in jail.
5 : to catch and bring in land a fish
6 : to succeed in getting land a job



Legal Definition of land

1 : an area of the earth usually inclusive of improvements, bodies of water, and natural or man-made objects and extending indefinitely upward and downward — compare air right
2 : an estate, interest, or right in land land means both surface and mineral rightsCalifornia Public Resources Code

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