over·​land | \ ˈō-vər-ˌland How to pronounce overland (audio) , -lənd \

Definition of overland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: by, on, or across land



Definition of overland (Entry 2 of 2)

: going or accomplished over the land instead of by sea overland emigrants an overland route

Examples of overland in a Sentence

Adverb We traveled overland by horse to the mountains.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Forced to abandon their vehicle and run overland for nearly a mile, the Hylands were severely burned. Michelle Nijhuis, The New Yorker, "The West Coast Wildfires Are Apocalypse, Again," 20 Oct. 2020 As London’s population soared to 200,000 and more, wood prices were worrisomely high, and shippers were having to transport lumber overland from 50 miles away. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘The Domestic Revolution’ Review: Setting the Future on Fire," 7 Oct. 2020 But Egypt only opens the crossing sporadically, and getting there requires flying to Cairo and then traveling overland across the northern Sinai Peninsula, where Egyptian troops are battling insurgents from an Islamic State affiliate. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Gazans left stranded abroad by Israeli-Palestinian standoff," 30 Sep. 2020 Iran is towing a giant attack submarine overland by truck, reportedly from a shipyard back to the sprawling Iranian naval base of Bandar Abbas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Well, That's One Way To Tow a 2,300-Ton Submarine," 8 July 2020 Chinese sea merchants introduced the procedure to Africa, brought knowledge of it overland to India, and carried it along the Silk Road to Turkey, which is where 18th century European ambassadors finally learned of the technique and brought it home. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "Who Discovered the First Vaccine?," 8 June 2020 The exhausted Greek troops were marched overland back to the capital. National Geographic, "At the Battle of Marathon, Athens' underdog victory stunned Persia," 6 Feb. 2020 In the more distant future, Scholl wants travelers zipping overland too, on journeys like Los Angeles to Washington, DC, in two hours flat. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "This is the worst time to be excited about supersonic flight," 16 Oct. 2019 Wednesday, Basham said that in those neighborhoods there is no stormwater conveyance system, so the water goes overland instead of into sewers. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Some Elgin blocks built to certain standards are more prone to flooding after big storms, official says," 10 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Toyotas are the vehicle of choice for some overlanders because of their reliability, and Toyota, in partnership with 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine, is showing off this Tacoma TRD Pro at virtual SEMA fully kitted out for overland adventures. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Toyota Brought This Overland-Ready Tacoma TRD Pro to Virtual SEMA," 2 Nov. 2020 Shielded cabling protects from interference, and in the case of undersea telecommunications and some overland applications, physical intrusion into the cabling itself. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How an Older TV Screwed Up an Entire Village’s Internet," 2 Oct. 2020 After 13 hours of overland transport, Amanaci arrived for care on Aug. 21 at the NEX Institute in the Brazilian state of Goias, where Gianni and other veterinarians have since been working to heal her. Star Tribune, "Brazil vets work to heal jaguars burned in Pantanal wildfire," 28 Sep. 2020 Among the items recovered from the sledges left behind by the men who attempted an overland escape from the doomed Franklin Expedition that sought the Northwest Passage were a fair number of books. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Even as they desperately fled death, Arctic explorers carried books. This new volume examines what they were reading.," 26 Sep. 2020 Projects covered under the grant program include the installation of drains or an exterior yard pump; grading changes to improve the overland flow of water; and green infrastructure, such as a rain garden or a French drain, Powers said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Financial help for flood-prone back yards, struggling restaurants approved by Niles Village Board," 27 Aug. 2020 And drought and famine caused the Fatimid ruler to cancel overland Hajj routes in A.D. 1048. Ken Chitwood, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Pandemic Isn’t the First Time the Hajj Has Been Disrupted for Muslims," 23 Apr. 2020 An Oglala mule brought Jack into a summer camp bustling with Lakotas, fur traders and overland travelers in 1846. Jon T. Coleman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Curious Cases of Getting Lost in the Wilderness," 12 Aug. 2020 The country is largely roadless and overland travel is time-consuming. Erin Craig, National Geographic, "Where reindeer roam: Life among Mongolia’s nomadic herders," 28 July 2020

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12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overland. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overland

: on or across land instead of over water


over·​land | \ ˈō-vər-ˌland How to pronounce overland (audio) \

Kids Definition of overland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: by land rather than by water travel overland



Kids Definition of overland (Entry 2 of 2)

: going by land rather than by water an overland route

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