land

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

Essential Meaning of land

1 : the solid part of the surface of the Earth : an area of ground arid/fertile/flat land the land along the highway See More ExamplesThe 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.Hide
2 : an area of the earth's solid surface that is owned by someone They own land in Alaska. They bought some land and built a house. See More Examplesa piece/plot of land His lands extend as far as the eye can see.Hide
3 : a country or nation He was the most powerful politician in the land. foreign lands See More Examplesthe lands of/in the Far East He always remained loyal to his native land. [=the country in which he was born] America, the land of opportunityHide

Full 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

land

verb
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

Land

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

Definition of Land (Entry 3 of 3)

Edwin Herbert 1909–1991 American inventor and industrialist

Other Words from land

Noun

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

Synonyms for land

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of land in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb 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 This offers a land of new opportunities for creators. Martin Dale, Variety, 23 Jan. 2022 The article about Argentina’s Iberá Park omitted an organization that purchased land to protect wildlife in Argentina. New York Times, 23 Jan. 2022 In Irvine, California, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County has launched an ambitious farm project on 45 acres of land provided by University of California. Ashraf Khalil, chicagotribune.com, 22 Jan. 2022 The Houthis meanwhile have used child soldiers and indiscriminately laid land mines across the country. Samy Magdy, ajc, 22 Jan. 2022 Unlike those arriving by plane, people arriving by land travel will not have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Editors, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2022 Newport Beach, which like many O.C. cities has little undeveloped land, must find room for more than 4,800 new homes. Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2022 KHM Travel Group, a cooperative that includes around 4,000 independent travel agents, made 40% of its revenue from cruises before the pandemic and 60% from land services such as hotels and tours. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2022 In Irvine, California, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County has launched an ambitious farm project on 45 acres of land provided by University of California. Time, 22 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How local governments enforce the laws can land a city or county into hot legal waters. al, 24 Jan. 2022 With a similar incentive package, Hogan believes Cleveland could easily land nonstop service to Europe. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 24 Jan. 2022 Rivals projects Oregon will land both 247Sports five-star offensive tackle Josh Conerly Jr. and consensus four-star offensive/defensive lineman Dave Iuli. oregonlive, 23 Jan. 2022 Hirano will attempt and not land his triple, and James can win off the strength of his best non-triple run. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 Dutton said a second flight would land in Tonga later on Thursday, while an Australian ship, HMAS Adelaide, would depart Brisbane later this week. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2022 Where Republicans land on those questions will determine not only the future of the Republican Party, but the future of the republic itself. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 According to reports, volunteers have swept the runway so aid-carrying planes can land. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 20 Jan. 2022 That’s another easy way that mutants could land in the MCU. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of land

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for land

Noun

Middle English lond, land, going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *landa- (strong neuter noun), perhaps originally "untilled land" (whence also Old Frisian land, lond "land, earth, country, landed property," Old Saxon land, Old High German lant, Old Norse land, Gothic land "field, country"), going back to dialectal Indo-European *londh-o-, o-grade form of a noun with apparent zero-grade *ln̥dh-eh2- in Celtic *land-ā-, whence Old Irish land, lann "land, plot, church building," Welsh llan "church and its adjoining property, enclosure," also Old Irish ithlann "threshing floor" (with ith "grain"), Old Welsh itlann, glossing Latin ārea "threshing floor," Welsh ydlan "barnyard" (with ŷd "grain"); and probably in Elfdalian (dialect of north central Sweden) linda "overgrown field," Old Prussian lindan (accusative singular) "valley"; zero-grade *ln̥dh- or full grade *lendh- in Slavic *lęd-, whence Russian ljadá "uncultivated field with first-growth forest," Old Russian ljadina "wasteland, weeds, thick brush," Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian lèdina, ledìna "wasteland, virgin soil," Polish ląnd "dry land, mainland"

Note: The etymon is limited to northern European Indo-European: Celtic, Germanic, Slavic and (marginally) Baltic. E. Seebold (in F. Kluge, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, 22. Auflage, 1989) proposes a derivative *lem-dh- from a verbal base *lem- "break (ground)," whence Old Church Slavic lemešĭ "plow," Lithuanian lẽmežis "wooden part of the plough" (compare Old Church Slavic lomiti "to break"). The suggestion has also been made that the etymon was borrowed from a non-Indo-European language.

Verb

Middle English londen, landen, derivative of lond, land land entry 1

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More Definitions for land

land

noun
\ ˈland How to pronounce land (audio) \

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

land

verb
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

land

noun

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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