soft-land

verb
\ ˈsȯf(t)-ˈland How to pronounce soft-land (audio) \
soft-landed; soft-landing; soft-lands

Definition of soft-land

transitive verb

: to cause to make a soft landing on a celestial body (such as the moon)

intransitive verb

: to make a soft landing

Other Words from soft-land

soft-lander noun

First Known Use of soft-land

1958, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for soft-land

back-formation from soft landing

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About soft-land

Time Traveler for soft-land

Time Traveler

The first known use of soft-land was in 1958

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near soft-land

soft-laid

soft-land

soft lay

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for soft-land

Cite this Entry

“Soft-land.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft-land. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!