landscape

noun, often attributive
land·​scape | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌskāp How to pronounce landscape (audio) \

Definition of landscape

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a picture representing a view of natural inland scenery Her hobby was painting landscapes.
b : the art of depicting such scenery
2a : the landforms of a region in the aggregate a landscape of rolling hills
b : a portion of territory that can be viewed at one time from one place enjoyed the landscape from the mountain's summit
c : a particular area of activity : scene the political landscape her new book which charts the landscape of her life during the last ten years— Elizabeth Mavor
3 obsolete : vista, prospect

landscape

verb
landscaped; landscaping

Definition of landscape (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to modify or ornament (a natural landscape) by altering the plant cover

intransitive verb

: to engage in landscape gardening

landscape

adjective

Definition of landscape (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being a rectangular document or image having the horizontal dimension longer than the vertical dimension

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Other Words from landscape

Verb

landscaper noun

Examples of landscape in a Sentence

Noun She likes to paint landscapes. The farm is set in a landscape of rolling hills. He gazed out at the beautiful landscape. Verb A professional landscaped the yard. an area landscaped with flowering shrubs and trees
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the stunned aftermath of a train crash, a 16-year-old Scottish girl named Dylan stumbles out of a railway tunnel into a bleak landscape. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 And the uncertainty that now clouds the setting points to the challenge of relying on the private sector to create a public landscape that’s inviting to all. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 As a back landscape, kept in focus is Spain during Franco’s dictatorship. John Hopewell, Variety, 14 Oct. 2021 Artistic creation is born in the space between a person and a landscape, between self and other, between minds engaged upon the same project. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 That is a big problem for a party that is already facing a tough landscape in the 2022 midterm elections. Noah Bierman Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2021 But this music also exists in a landscape carved out by artists such as Rina Sawayama and Poppy, where the art seems to be interfacing with broader Internet culture. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2021 Iowa is the clear No. 3 in a college landscape that is still taking shape. Kennington Lloyd Smith Iii, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 For investors, the next stage of the pandemic means a tougher landscape for stockpicking. Time, 9 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Richmond officials are advancing plans to remove the pedestals and other remnants of the statuary and at least temporarily pave over or re-landscape the sites. NBC News, 8 Sep. 2021 Richmond officials are advancing plans to remove the pedestals and other remnants of the statuary and at least temporarily pave over or re-landscape the sites. Sarah Rankin, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Richmond officials are advancing plans to remove the pedestals and other remnants of the statuary and at least temporarily pave over or re-landscape the sites. Denise Lavoie And Sarah Rankin, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Sep. 2021 Richmond officials are advancing plans to remove the pedestals and other remnants of the statuary and at least temporarily pave over or re-landscape the sites. Sarah Rankin And Denise Lavoie, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2021 But Justinian Jessup, a second-round pick by the Warriors in 2020, considers that barren landscape a crucial part of his athletic odyssey. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Aug. 2021 In 2017, his firm helped landscape the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago. Los Angeles Times, 4 July 2021 In part to reintroduce fire to landscape after decades of suppression that led to dangerous overgrowth, the Forest Service for many years has allowed some small fires in secluded areas to burn. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Rock gardens increase the temperature of your yard, raise cooling costs in the home and put stress on nearby plants, explained Kelly Kopp,a professor at Utah State University who researches landscape water conservation. Caroleine James, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of landscape

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for landscape

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Dutch landschap, from land + -schap -ship

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Time Traveler for landscape

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The first known use of landscape was in 1598

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Dictionary Entries Near landscape

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2021

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“Landscape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/landscape. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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landscape

noun

English Language Learners Definition of landscape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture that shows a natural scene of land or the countryside
: an area of land that has a particular quality or appearance
: a particular area of activity

landscape

verb

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

: to make changes to improve the appearance of (an area of land)

landscape

noun
land·​scape | \ ˈland-ˌskāp How to pronounce landscape (audio) \

Kids Definition of landscape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a picture of natural scenery He enjoys painting landscapes.
2 : the land that can be seen in one glance We gazed out at the peaceful landscape.

landscape

verb
landscaped; landscaping

Kids Definition of landscape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to improve the natural beauty of a piece of land The yard was landscaped with flowering plants.

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