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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The county will pay up to $22,000 for raw land that was affected by the eruption under the same program.
Kevin Dayton, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2022 Federal authorities wanted to ensure the land was safe to use.
Rob Perez, ProPublica, 26 Nov. 2022 Tradition holds that a land of paradise and bountiful harvest called Neriyakanaya is to be found over the seas.
Rebecca Saunders, CNN, 22 Nov. 2022 But builders looking for land to subdivide are going elsewhere.
Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Nov. 2022 The land has been vacant since original residential buildings were demolished in spring of 2020.
Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022 This land is very old, made up of soil, lichen and algae pressed together over thousands of years into a living crust.
Meg Bernhard, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2022 The trail near the murky Gila River radiates wildness and a hint of danger, while the land above Tucson at Mount Lemmon is as verdant and lush as the Sierra Nevada.
Grayson Haver Currin, Outside Online, 13 Nov. 2022 The acquisition highlights a growing belief in Southern California that undeveloped land need not be just another commodity for high bidders.Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022
Investors are pouring capital into start-ups racing to develop new electric aircraft that take off and land vertically like a helicopter but fly horizontally like an airplane.
Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2022 The aircraft will reportedly take off and land via vertiports positioned on the tops of buildings to make daily commutes and intercity trips quicker, safer and more sustainable.
Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 Oct. 2022 Jacquelyn Halushka, 27, of Oakland Township learned the hard way while simply trying to land a job.Detroit Free Press, 23 Sep. 2022 The west London airport said 15% of its 1,200 flights scheduled to take off or land on Monday will be disrupted.
Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2022 Over and over, Stubbs kept trying to land this trick, until his efforts began to resemble a little song.
Chris Richards, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 The ability to take off and land from small spaces means a number of things.
Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 Sep. 2022 More than 200,000 flights take off and land around the world on an average day.
Maureen O'hare, CNN, 10 Sep. 2022 A dozen or so teams called in the final rounds and after the draft, trying to land Domann as an undrafted free agent.The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2022 See More
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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"
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.
Middle English londen, landen, derivative of lond, landland entry 1
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a