- The definition of land is the part of the surface of the Earth that is solid ground and not water.
- An example of land is the area where you are standing on the ground right now.
- An example of land is the plot that your house is located on.
- Land is defined as to bring something back to earth or to shore, or to achieve something or get something.
- An example of land is when you dock a boat on the shore.
- An example of land is when you bring a plane successfully from the air to the runway.
- An example of land is when you get a job you have been trying for.
An airplane about to land.
- the solid part of the earth's surface not covered by water
- a specific part of the earth's surface
- a country, region, etc.: a distant land, one's native land
- the inhabitants of such an area; nation's people
- ground or soil in terms of its quality, location, etc.: rich land, high land
- ground considered as property; estate: to invest in land
- specific holdings in land
- rural or farming regions as distinguished from urban regions: to return to the land
- that part of a grooved surface which is not indented, as any of the ridges between the grooves in the bore of a rifle
- ☆ the Lord: a euphemism: for land's sake!
- Econ. natural resources
Origin of landMiddle English ; from Old English akin to Old High German lant ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lendh-, unoccupied land, heath, steppe from source Breton lann, heath (from source French lande, moor), Welsh llan, enclosure, yard
- to put on shore from a ship or boat
- to bring into; cause to enter or end up in a particular place or condition: a fight landed him in jail
- to set (an aircraft) down on land or water
- to draw successfully onto land or into a boat; catch: to land a fish
- Informal to get, win, or secure: to land a job
- Informal to deliver (a blow)
Origin of landME landen < the n., replacing OE lendan < *landjan
- to leave a ship or boat and go on shore; disembark
- to come to a port or to shore: said of a ship
- to arrive at a specified place; end up
- to alight or come to rest, as after a flight, jump, or fall
- a kind or quality of land: grassland, highland
- a particular place or realm: England, dreamland
- The solid ground of the earth.
- a. Ground or soil: tilled the land.b. A topographically or functionally distinct tract: desert land; prime building land.
- a. A nation; a country.b. The people of a nation, district, or region.c. lands Territorial possessions or property.
- Public or private landed property; real estate.
- Law The solid material of the earth as well as the natural and manmade things attached to it and the rights and interests associated with it.
- a. An agricultural or farming area: wanted to buy a house on the land.b. Farming considered as a way of life.
- An area or realm: the land of make-believe; the land of television.
- The raised portion of a grooved surface, as on a phonograph record.
verbland·ed, land·ing, lands
- a. To bring to and unload on land: land cargo.b. To set (a vehicle) down on land or another surface: land an airplane smoothly; land a seaplane on a lake.
- Informal To cause to arrive in a place or condition: Civil disobedience will land you in jail.
- a. To catch and pull in (a fish): landed a big catfish.b. Informal To win; secure: land a big contract.
- Informal To deliver: landed a blow on his opponent's head.
- a. To come to shore: landed against the current with great difficulty.b. To disembark: landed at a crowded dock.
- To descend toward and settle onto the ground or another surface: The helicopter has landed.
- Informal To arrive in a place or condition: landed at the theater too late for the opening curtain; landed in trouble for being late.
- To come to rest in a certain way or place: slipped and landed on his shoulder.
Origin of landMiddle English, from Old English; see lendh- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural lands)
- The part of Earth which is not covered by oceans or other bodies of water.
- Most insects live on land.
- Real estate or landed property; a partitioned and measurable area which is owned and on which buildings can be erected.
- There are 50 acres of land in this estate.
- A country or region.
- They come from a faraway land.
- A person's country of origin and/or homeplace; homeland.
- The soil, in respect to its nature or quality for farming.
- wet land; good or bad land for growing potatoes
- (often in combination) realm, domain.
- I'm going to Disneyland.
- Maybe that's how it works in TV-land, bu not in the real world.
- (agriculture) The ground left unploughed between furrows; any of several portions into which a field is divided for ploughing.
- (Ireland, colloquial) A fright.
- He got an awful land when the police arrived.
- (electronics) A conducting area on a board or chip which can be used for connecting wires.
- In a compact disc or similar recording medium, an area of the medium which does not have pits.
- (travel) The non-airline portion of an itinerary. Hotel, tours, cruises, etc.
- Our city offices sell a lot more land than our suburban offices.
- (nautical) The lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat; the lap of plates in an iron vessel; called also landing.
- In any surface prepared with indentations, perforations, or grooves, that part of the surface which is not so treated, such as the level part of a millstone between the furrows.
- (ballistics) The space between the rifling grooves in a gun.
(third-person singular simple present lands, present participle landing, simple past and past participle landed)
- (intransitive) To descend to a surface, especially from the air.
- The plane is about to land.
- (dated) To alight, to descend from a vehicle.
- (intransitive) To come into rest.
- (intransitive) To arrive at land, especially a shore, or a dock, from a body of water.
- To bring to land.
- It can be tricky to land a helicopter.
- Use the net to land the fish.
- To acquire; to secure.
- To deliver.
- Of or relating to land.
- Residing or growing on land.
From Middle English land, lond, from Old English land, lond (“earth, land, soil, ground; defined piece of land, territory, realm, province, district; landed property; country (not town); ridge in a ploughed field”), from Proto-Germanic *landą (“land”), from Proto-Indo-European *lendʰ- (“land, heath”). Cognate with Scots land (“land”), West Frisian lân (“land”), Dutch land (“land”), German Land (“land, country, state”), Swedish land (“land, country, shore, territory”), Icelandic land (“land”). Non-Germanic cognates include Old Irish lann (“heath”), Welsh llan (“enclosure”), Breton lann (“heath”), Old Church Slavonic lędо from Proto-Slavic *lenda (“heath, wasteland”) and Albanian lëndinë (“heath, grassland”) from lëndë (“matter, substance”).
- A surname.
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- Real property.
- An area of ground with defined boundaries, including minerals or resources below the surface and anything growing on or attached to the surface.